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Pirates overcome Castro's 2 HRs to beat Cubs 7-6

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  • The Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro celebrates after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Castro hit two homers, but the Pirates still won 7-6.

      The Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro celebrates after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Castro hit two homers, but the Pirates still won 7-6.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Pedro Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame two home runs by Starlin Castro to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Russell Martin drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for Pittsburgh and Jason Grilli closed with a perfect ninth.

Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop (0-1) walked two batters in the eighth and recorded only one out before being replaced by left-hander James Russell. Russell immediately walked Pedro Alvarez to load the bases and Martin followed with a fly ball to right field that made it 7-6.

The Cubs tied the game in the seventh against Tony Watson (1-0) on Anthony Rizzo's hit up the middle scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who went 3 for 5 and is batting .515.

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