Rizzo, Bryant, Ross homer; Cubs beat Pirates 4-3

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CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross each homered to back Jon Lester and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

The major league-leading Cubs (46-20) improved to a season-high 26 games above .500 while the Pirates lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Lester (9-3) won his fifth straight start. Rizzo and Bryant each hit their 16th home run, and Ross made it 4-3 with a solo drive in the sixth that chased Jonathon Niese (6-4). The Cubs won again even though Dexter Fowler left the game because of discomfort in his right hamstring.

Lester went six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked three after issuing none in his previous three starts.

Hector Rondon got the final four outs for his 12th save.

 

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