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Giovanny Urshela singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Thursday night.

Michael Brantley had two hits and an RBI for the Indians, who split the two- game series with the Cubs at Progressive Field.

Cubs reliever Travis Wood (3-3) was lifted after giving up consecutive one-out singles in the seventh and the scored tied at 3-3. Urshela then greeted Justin Grimm with a lined shot to left field, scoring Yan Gomes, who left the game with cervical tightness.

Zach McAllister (2-2) struck out four in 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Bryan Shaw recorded the final out in the eighth, stranding two runners. He came back out for the ninth and retired the Cubs in order to earn his first save of the season.

"They all did a really good job," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said about his relievers.

The Indians jumped on Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel for two runs in the first. Brantley doubled in Jason Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor scored on a passed ball by Miguel Montero.

Hammel, who made his 200th career start, settled down and struck out the next three batters to avoid further damage.

"I got to set a better tone early," Hammel said.

Kyle Schwarber notched Chicago's first hit with a one-out single in the third and went to third on a two-out single by Dexter Fowler. Lindor cut off right-fielder Brandon Moss' throw and tried to get Fowler as he slid back into first base. His throw, though, hit the runner and skipped away, allowing Schwarber to score.

David Murphy doubled off Hammel to begin the fourth, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Gomes' sacrifice fly for a 3-1 Cleveland lead.

The Cubs tied the game in the fifth on Schwarber's first major league home run, an opposite-field blast to left center off Cleveland starter Danny Salazar.

It started pouring later in the inning after Chicago loaded the bases with two outs.

The game was delayed one hour and 16 minutes and when play resumed, Cody Allen got Montero to fly out to left field for the final out.

 

Pirates down ChiSox for 8th straight win
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Cole (11-2) became the first 11-game winner in the majors as he was charged with two runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts for the Pirates, who have won a season-high eight straight games.

"I always go out there to give us a chance to win, but that's a team accomplishment," Cole said of his win total.

Josh Harrison, Jung-Ho Kang and Gregory Polanco drove in a run each in the victory.

Geovany Soto hit a solo homer while Melky Cabrera also drove in a run for the White Sox, who are on a season-worst seven-game losing streak.

"It's starting to be buckle down time when we need to put together a string of good games and it has to be sooner than later before the trade deadline starts creeping up on us," White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said.

Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on 10 hits over seven innings, while Jake Petricka (1-2) was handed the loss.

The Pirates struck in the fourth inning to take the lead. Harrison singled to start and moved to second on a Starling Marte groundout. Andrew McCutchen then singled to put runners on the corners, and Kang followed with a single for a 1-0 lead. Pedro Alvarez then hit into a double play to end the frame.

Chicago answered in the home half as Jose Abreu doubled to lead off, moved to third on an Adam LaRoche fly out and came home on Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh went back in front in the fifth when Harrison lofted a fly ball to center with the bases loaded to score Jordy Mercer for a 2-1 advantage.

Soto tied the game once again in the seventh when he hit his fourth homer of the season, but the Pirates went back on top in the eighth.

Singles from Kang and Alvarez left runners at the corners and Polanco's groundout scored Kang for a 3-2 advantage.

Sean Rodriguez tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Mark Melancon did the same in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season.

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