Ian Happ and Christopher Morrell each had three hits and two RBIs and chicago cubs used a five-run fifth inning to rally for a 7–2 home victory over pittsburgh pirates on Thursday, completed a three-game sweep
Chicago’s Marcus Stroman (8-4) allowed two runs in six innings to win his sixth straight start. Stroman, who gave up a pair of third-inning runs, gave up four hits and walked two but struck out five to record his major-league-leading 13th quality start.
Nico Hoerner had two hits and two runs, and Cody Bellinger returned to hit the tying run home run in the fifth after missing a month with a left knee injury. cub Completed their first home sweep of 2023. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games overall
Jason Daley had two hits for Pittsburgh, which leads the National League Central but has struck out six of eight. Pirates Starter Johan Oviedo (3-6) struck out four while allowing eight hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. he blew eight
Pittsburgh jumped out in front in the third. Ji Hwan Bae singled, went to third on Daley’s knock to right in opposite field and scored on Tcupita Marceno’s line-drive single to center. Delay eventually scored on Carlos Santana’s groundout.
Chicago cut a 2–0 deficit in half in the bottom of the third. Oviedo walked Hoerner, who stole second and scored on Happ’s single.
The pair came together again in the fifth, when Hoerner singled and scored on Happ’s double into the left field corner to tie the game. Then with Pittsburgh’s Jose Hernandez on the mound, Bellinger hit a double in the happ to give Chicago a 3–2 lead.
Morell plated another run on a liner over the glove of third baseman K’Bryan Hayes, and Bellinger scored on Nick Madrigal’s safety-squeeze bunt.
Horner, however, was not in the fifth. His grounder scored a run that was booted by Marcano at shortstop.
cub added another run in the sixth on Morrell’s sacrifice fly
– Field Level Media