MLB roundup: Cubs extend winning streak to four games


Joc Pederson, Matt Duffy

Joc Pederson, left, and Matt Duffy celebrate the Cubs’ 5-3 win Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

CHICAGO — Zach Davies allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings, Rex Brothers got his first save in eight years and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday, extending their winning streak to four.

Joc Pederson had three hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Javier Baez and David Bote had two hits each.

Chicago got back to .500 at 16-16.

Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight and is last in the NL Central at 13-18. The Pirates have six runs in their last five games.

Davies (2-2), acquired from San Diego in a seven-player deal in December, had his best outing for the Cubs on a chilly day at Wrigley Field, with the wind blowing in. The slender right-hander limited the Pirates to five singles while walking one and hitting a batter, lowering his ERA from 8.22 ERA to 6.30.

PHILLIES 12, BRAVES 2: Odubel Herrera hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia’s six-run first inning and the streaking Phillies won in Atlanta in their top-scoring game this season.

MARLINS 6, BREWERS 1: Isan Diaz hit his first career grand slam and Miami won at home.

Miguel Rojas had two hits and scored three times for the Marlins, who have won four straight.

Milwaukee lost its sixth straight and fell to 0-5 on its seven-game road trip.

INTERLEAGUE

NATIONALS 11, YANKEES 4: Washington burst ahead in a six-run eighth inning that included three errors and Josh Harrison’s three-run homer, stopping a three-game skid with a win at home.

With the score tied at 3 on a chilly night, Yadiel Hernandez lined a single against Jonathan Loaisiga (3-2) that right fielder Aaron Judge allowed to bounced off his glove for his first error since Sept. 30, 2018.

Victor Robles followed with a sacrifice bunt up the third-base line and reached when DJ LeMahieu threw wide of first.

Trea Turner hit a go-ahead single and Harrison drove a 1-0 fastball into the left-field stands for a 7-3 lead.

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