Contreras 3 RBIs, Cubs beat Pirates, end 7-game losing skid

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nick Mears, driving in two runs, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

    Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nick Mears, driving in two runs, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Associated Press

  • Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) can't make the catch in front of the Chicago Cubs bullpen on a double to deep left-center field by Chicago Cubs' Frank Schwindel during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) can't make the catch in front of the Chicago Cubs bullpen on a double to deep left-center field by Chicago Cubs' Frank Schwindel during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Associated Press

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo scores on a triple by Bryan Reynolds off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Adam Morgan during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo scores on a triple by Bryan Reynolds off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Adam Morgan during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Associated Press

  • Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras, making his first Major League start, delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras, making his first Major League start, delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/29/2021 10:00 PM

PITTSBURGH -- Willson Contreras drove in all of the Cubs' run as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday night to end a seven-game losing streak.

Contreras' two-run double high off the right-field wall in the seventh inning rallied the Cubs from a 2-1 deficit. He also accounted for the game's first run with a long sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth.

 

Contreras, Rafael Ortega and Frank Schwindel - the top three hitters in the batting order -- each had two hits for the Cubs. It was Schwindel's 24th multihit game in 52 games since being claimed off waivers from Oakland in July.

'There are a lot of things to smile about today,' Cubs manager David Ross said. 'Considering we're on the back end of season and where we've been, it was a good effort and a good win.'

Bryan Reynolds became the first Pirates player to hit two triples in a game since Josh Harrison in 2014. Reynolds' second triple came in the sixth and drove in a run, and he scored on Kevin Newman's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Reynolds also made two outstanding catches in center field while raising his batting average to .298.

Pinch-hitter Trayce Thompson doubled with one out in the Cubs seventh and Schwindel walked with two outs. Nick Mears relieved Chasen Shreve (3-3) and gave up Contreras' double.

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Adam Morgan (2-1) pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the win. Codi Heuer notched his second save with a perfect ninth inning.

The defeat put the Pirates (59-99) on the brink of the ninth 100-loss season in franchise history.

Roansy Contreras started for the Pirates and pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 21-year-old allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four.

'It would have been easy for him to come out and try to do too much, so what I was most impressed with is I don't think he overthrew one pitch,' Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. 'It was a very impressive major league debut.'

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks failed in his seventh attempt at his 15th win of the season. He gave up two runs on five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'I feel a lot better about things,' Hendricks said. 'I kind of built off the last one in that I was able to get the fastball down in the zone and get a lot of balls on the ground. It feels good to go into the offseason building off some of the things I wanted to build off.'

AWARD TIME

Reynolds was selected as the Roberto Clemente Award winner, emblematic of the Pirates' most valuable player, in voting by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Rookie reliever David Bednar won the Steve Blass Award as the team's best pitcher. The Chuck Tanner Good Guy Award went to catcher Jacob Stallings for his cooperation with the media.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: 3B Patrick Wisdom's season is over after he was placed on the injured list with no injury designation, which likely means a potential COVID-19 situation. He set a franchise rookie record with 28 home runs. INF Trent Giambrone was selected from Triple-A Iowa and had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning in his first big league at-bat. ' SS Nico Hoerner (general soreness) missed a fourth straight game.

Pirates: 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (left wrist soreness) was placed on the 10-day IL, ending his season. Hayes was also sidelined for a month early in the season because of a jammed left wrist.

UP NEXT

LHP Justin Steele (3-4, 4.86) will start for the Cubs on Thursday night in the finale of the three-game series while the Pirates are likely to have a bullpen game. Steele gave up a career-high six runs to St. Louis in his last start.

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