Rick Renteria witnessed two home runs by Starlin Castro, but the Chicago Cubs’ manager was ejected in the top of the ninth inning by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson.
Renteria, in his seventh game, apparently was upset at Nelson’s strike zone stemming from the previous inning, when three walks issued by Pedro Strop and James Russell enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to take a 7-6 win at chilly Wrigley Field.
The Cubs’ long night started when Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in the first inning and was eventually pulled with two out in the top of the fifth.
Starlin Castro kept the Cubs in the game with two home runs and four runs batted in.
Castro hit a single in the second that led to a run and started their comeback. The Cubs had six hits in the first three innings against Morton, who pitched six scoreless innings against them on April 2.
Castro hit a three-run home run that tied the game in the third, and he hit a solo shot in the sixth, marking his first multi-home run game of his career.
The Cubs tied the game in the seventh on a single by Emilio Bonifacio (his third hit), a steal of third by Bonifacio and a single by Anthony Rizzo off left-hander Tony Watson.
As for Jackson, his first pitch resulted in a leadoff double for Starling Marte. Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run double on Jackson’s 13th pitch of the inning, and Neil Walker hit an RBI single and Travis Ishikawa capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.
In the fourth, Jackson issued two walks after two outs before allowing a tie-breaking single to Andrew McCutchen, and the Pirates added another run in the fifth on a double by Russell Martin and triple by Ishikawa.