Cubs hold on to rob the Pirates

Felix Doubront pitched six scoreless innings in Chicago's 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB.

    Doubront allowed just four hits in his third start since joining the Cubs [AP]
    Doubront allowed just four hits in his third start since joining the Cubs [AP]

    Felix Doubront pitched six scoreless innings and rookies Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered as the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 and snap a season-worst seven-game losing streak.

    Doubront (2-1) allowed four hits in his third start since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a trade. He helped send the Pirates to just their second loss in their last nine games.

    Elsewhere, Bryce Harper continued to thrive when the Washington Nationals' left fielder hit a mammoth two-run homer in the second inning to jumpstart a 10-3 rout of the New York Mets.

    The Nationals (84-63) racked up 16 hits - and had at least one in every inning - in beating the Mets for the 13th time in the last 14 games at Citi Field.

    Centre fielder Billy Hamilton's two-run triple in the seventh inning gave the Cincinnati Reds some much-needed breathing room in a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Other results:

    Royals 7, Red Sox 1

    Yankees 3, Orioles 2

    Cardinals 5, Rockies 4

    Blue Jays 6, Rays 3

    Rangers 3, Braves 2

    White Sox 5, Twins 1 (Game 1)

    White Sox 7, Twins 6 (Game 2)

    Phillies 2, Marlins 1

    Tigers 5, Indians 4

    Diamondbacks 10, Padres 4

    Dodgers 17, Giants 0

    Angels 5, Astros 2

    As 3, Mariners 2 (10 innings)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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