Patrick Wisdom homers in the 10th, lifting Chicago Cubs to 5-4 win over Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs' Patrick Wisdom (16) returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead single before Patrick Wisdom added insurance with a home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday for a series victory.

Bellinger led off by dribbling a ball through the left side of the infield off Aroldis Chapman (0-3), scoring automatic runner Seiya Suzuki before getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Wisdom drove a two-out sinker, the seventh pitch of the at-bat, 412 feet into the center-field bushes.

Chapman left with an apparent injury after going down 3-0 to Nick Madrigal with two outs and runners on first and second. Kyle Nicolas entered, completing the walk of Madrigal before Mike Tauchman scored on a passed ball.

Connor Joe led off the bottom half with his fifth home run, a two-run shot into the bleachers in left. Adbert Alzolay went on to walk Jack Suwinski before retiring the next three batters for his fourth save.

Chicago has won five of eight after taking two of three from Pittsburgh, which is 7-16 since an 11-5 start.

The Pirates had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth. Héctor Neris (3-0) then got Bryan Reynolds to ground into a comebacker for a force out and Oneil Cruz to fly out to center.

Christopher Morel put the Cubs up 2-0 in the first, sending a curveball from Bailey Falter 397 feet to left for his ninth home run.

Falter gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.

Cruz hit a sinker from Kyle Hendricks 183 feet high, dropping it into the first row above the Clemente Wall in right to lead off the fourth.

Hendricks came off the 15-day injured list, going five innings to allow one run and two hits with four walks and five strikeouts. The veteran right-hander had not started since April 21 because of lower back pain.

Joe scored on a sacrifice fly from Jared Triolo to tie it 2-all in the sixth before Suwinski, with runners on first and second for Chicago, charged to his right for a diving catch that robbed Suzuki of a likely go-ahead double in the seventh.


Cubs: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-0, 1.08) is set to take the mound Monday for the first of a three-game series in Atlanta.

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (3-3, 4.41) will start Monday to start a three-game series at Milwaukee, his first outing since allowing one run on five hits in a complete game against the Angels on May 6.


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