Polanco, Worley help Pirates hold off Cubs
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season and Vance Worley got through 5 2-3 shaky innings for his second straight win as the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Polanco’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off Jason Hammel increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-1. It came after Polanco made a fine running catch of a fly ball hit by rookie star Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to end the top of the inning.
Worley (2-1) allowed an unearned run on six hits and five walks. He also struck five in a 106-pitch outing. Tony Watson got the final six outs for his first save of the season and fifth of his five-year career.
Hammel (1-1) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings with five walks and no strikeouts.