Contreras 3 RBIs, Cubs beat Pirates, end 7-game losing skid

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Willson Contreras drove in all of the Cubs’ run as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday night to end a seven-game losing streak.

Contreras’ two-run double high off the right-field wall in the seventh inning rallied the Cubs from a 2-1 deficit. He also accounted for the game’s first run with a long sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth.

Contreras, Rafael Ortega and Frank Schwindel — the top three hitters in the batting order -- each had two hits for the Cubs. It was Schwindel’s 24th multihit game in 52 games since being claimed off waivers from Oakland in July.

Bryan Reynolds became the first Pirates player to hit two triples in a game since Josh Harrison in 2014. Reynolds’ second triple came in the sixth and drove in a run, and he scored on Kevin Newman’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Pinch-hitter Trayce Thompson doubled with one out in the Cubs seventh and Schwindel walked with two outs. Nick Mears relieved Chasen Shreve (3-3) and gave up Contreras’ double.

Adam Morgan (2-1) pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the win. Codi Heuer notched his second save with a perfect ninth inning.

The defeat put the Pirates (59-99) on the brink of the ninth 100-loss season in franchise history.

Roansy Contreras started for the Pirates and pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 21-year-old allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks failed in his seventh attempt at his 15th win of the season. He gave up two runs on five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

AWARD TIME

Reynolds was selected as the Roberto Clemente Award winner, emblematic of the Pirates’ most valuable player, in voting by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Rookie reliever David Bednar won the Steve Blass Award as the team’s best pitcher. The Chuck Tanner Good Guy Award went to catcher Jacob Stallings for his cooperation with the media.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: 3B Patrick Wisdom’s season is over after he was placed on the injured list with no injury designation, which likely means a potential COVID-19 situation. He set a franchise rookie record with 28 home runs. INF Trent Giambrone was selected from Triple-A Iowa and had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning in his first big league at-bat. … SS Nico Hoerner (general soreness) missed a fourth straight game.

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (left wrist soreness) was placed on the 10-day IL, ending his season. Hayes was also sidelined for a month early in the season because of a jammed left wrist.

UP NEXT

LHP Justin Steele (3-4, 4.86) will start for the Cubs on Thursday night in the finale of the three-game series while the Pirates are likely to have a bullpen game. Steele gave up a career-high six runs to St. Louis in his last start.

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John Perrotto, The Associated Press

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