Cubs 2, Pirates 0: Jon Lester, two relievers combine on one-hitter

The Cubs rode outstanding pitching and defense to their fourth straight win.

The Cubs scored two runs on the first six pitches thrown to them by Pirates righthander Nick Kingham.

Kris Bryant was hit by Kingham’s second pitch. Jason Heyward hit the third pitch from Kingham for a bizarre double that looked like a routine fly ball until Starling Marte just slipped and fell [VIDEO], and Kingham’s fourth offering was a grounder to first that scored Bryant and put Heyward on third. Two pitches later, Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly that scored Heyward for a 2-0 lead.

And Jon Lester, Justin Wilson and Steve Cishek made that hold up for a 2-0 win over the Pirates, the Cubs’ fourth in a row, eighth in their last nine and 12th in their last 15 games.

Lester issued a pair of walks in the second with one out and with two out in the third, Austin Meadows hit a ball into the right-field corner for a triple.

After that, Lester, Wilson and Cishek set down 19 straight Pirates for the win.

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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