Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central.

Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday.

Francisco Cervelli lined a three-run shot in the seventh off Cubs reliever Justin Wilson as Pittsburgh scored four times in the inning to break open a tight game.

Adam Frazier also went deep for Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a 13-5 loss on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field to improve to 9-3 on the season.

Williams (3-0) was a little bit better than Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) in what began as a pitchers' duel.

The Pirates' right-hander allowed one run and four hits through six innings, while striking out five and walking one.

The 25-year-old Williams, who entered 2018 at 8-10 for his career - and was 7-9 last season - is emerging as a key part of the Pirates' rotation.

''Trevor was good, very efficient from a perspective of finding outs and working out of a couple of jams,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''I thought he attacked and got better as the game went on, especially through the middle.''

Williams helped the Pirates take two of three from division rival Chicago in the teams' first series this season.

Michael Feliz, George Kontos and Felipe Vazquez each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

''They're (Chicago) the team to beat in the Central,'' Williams said, ''and it's good for us to take two out of three today, especially early in the season.''

Kyle Schwarber homered, doubled and singled for three of the Cubs' seven hits. Chicago's Ian Happ had his first two-hit game this season.

Hendricks allowed two runs and five hits and struck out seven through six innings, and rebounded after allowing four runs in five innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee last Friday.

''Kyle hung in there pretty good and he didn't have his best stuff,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

''It was just one of those ... a couple of bad pitches and didn't get away with it,'' said Hendricks, who allowed solo shots by Polanco and Frazier, ''but overall the fastball command has to get better.''

Javier Baez went 0-for-4 after homering twice on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Chicago's high-energy infielder became the first Cub with consecutive multi-homer games since Alfonso Soriano in May 2008.

Polanco's third career multi-homer game lifted his season total to a team-leading five.

Polanco hit his fourth homer into the bleachers in right-center in the first to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

Schwarber led off the bottom of the fourth with a drive that landed halfway up the right-field bleachers and tied it at 1. He hit his third home run into a steady, chilly wind off Lake Michigan.

Frazier put the Pirates back in front 2-1 in the fifth with a solo shot into the first row of the left-center bleachers. It was the first homer for the Pirates' leadoff hitter.

Polanco's second homer of the game, a shot to left-center off Wilson with one out in the seventh made it 3-1. After Wilson walked Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson, Cervelli smacked his second homer this season.

JUST CHILL

When Hendricks threw the first pitch at 1:22 p.m., it was a sunny 74 degrees and the wind was blowing out to right at Wrigley. By the fourth inning, the temperature dropped to 57 and the wind was blowing in.

''In the snap of the fingers, it went from balmy to embalming, I guess,'' Maddon said. ''It got cold very quickly.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds, a 23-year-old highly touted prospect at Double-A Altoona, will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Reynolds was acquired from San Francisco in January in a trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to the Giants.

Cubs: Despite playing while being under the weather, OF Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and scored two runs as the leadoff hitter in Chicago's 13-5 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Maddon held Almora out of the lineup on Thursday not because of illness, but because of matchups and dispersing playing time among his outfielders. ''This is predetermined,'' Maddon said, while noting Almora ''looked like Gumby'' on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-0, 5.06 ERA) faces Marlins LHP Dillon Peters (1-1 9.35) in the opener of a three-game series in Miami.

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (0-0, 5.23) makes his first home start as a Cub and third of the season in a Friday afternoon opener of a three-game set against Atlanta. After being roughed up for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his Cubs debut at Miami on March 31, Darvish allowed just one run and struck out nine in six innings at Milwaukee last Saturday. The Braves counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 2.25).

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  • W: T. Williams (3-0)L: K. Hendricks (0-1)
  • HR: PIT - F. Cervelli (2), G. Polanco 2 (5), A. Frazier (1), CHC - K. Schwarber (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Dickerson LF31100200.341.386.610.9967.0
F. Cervelli C51231005.250.348.500.84811.0
C. Moran 3B30100211.343.425.486.9112.5
J. Mercer SS30000214.256.348.359.7071.5
T. Williams P30000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
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S. Rodriguez 2B00000000.214.267.429.6950.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Williams in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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B. Zobrist 1B-2B40000014.282.349.385.733-0.5
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J. Baez 2B-SS40000001.205.340.641.9810.0
J. Heyward RF40100000.225.289.325.6141.0
K. Hendricks P20000020.167.167.167.333-1.0
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Navarro 1B10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Cishek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (3), C. Dickerson (6)
  • 3B - F. Cervelli
  • HR - A. Frazier, G. Polanco 2 (5), F. Cervelli (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (2), G. Polanco 2 (15), F. Cervelli 3 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Cervelli 3 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ, K. Schwarber (3)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (3)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - S. Rodriguez, J. Bell
FIELDING
  • E - K. Bryant (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 3-0)6.04111511.561.2124.5
M. Feliz1.01000107.201.802.5
G. Kontos1.01000006.001.172.0
F. Vazquez1.01000006.001.502.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 3-0)6.0
M. Feliz1.0
G. Kontos1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 0-1)6.05223723.711.479.5
J. Wilson0.23443025.681.89-10.0
S. Cishek1.10000101.350.603.5
C. Edwards1.01001201.501.172.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 0-1)6.0
J. Wilson0.2
S. Cishek1.1
C. Edwards1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - G. Kontos
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 94-60, M. Feliz 14-10, G. Kontos 17-10, F. Vazquez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 4-9, M. Feliz 1-1, G. Kontos 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, M. Feliz 4, G. Kontos 5, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Edwards
  • IBB - K. Hendricks 3 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 91-57, J. Wilson 37-18, S. Cishek 17-12, C. Edwards 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-6, J. Wilson 2-0, S. Cishek 3-0, C. Edwards 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 27, J. Wilson 8, S. Cishek 4, C. Edwards 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Polanco RF52222031.262.385.7141.09910.5
S. Marte CF50000011.234.333.489.823-0.5
J. Bell 1B41100110.304.389.435.8243.5
C. Dickerson LF31100200.341.386.610.9967.0
F. Cervelli C51231005.250.348.500.84811.0
C. Moran 3B30100211.343.425.486.9112.5
J. Mercer SS30000214.256.348.359.7071.5
T. Williams P30000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
a- D. Freese PH10000002.333.375.7331.1080.0
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S. Rodriguez 2B00000000.214.267.429.6950.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Williams in the 7th
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K. Bryant 3B20000111.333.467.6041.0711.5
B. Zobrist 1B-2B40000014.282.349.385.733-0.5
K. Schwarber LF41311002.270.357.595.9529.0
A. Russell SS30000013.220.333.317.650-0.5
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Edwards P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Caratini C40100000.259.310.370.6811.0
J. Baez 2B-SS40000001.205.340.641.9810.0
J. Heyward RF40100000.225.289.325.6141.0
K. Hendricks P20000020.167.167.167.333-1.0
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Navarro 1B10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Cishek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (3), C. Dickerson (6)
  • 3B - F. Cervelli
  • HR - A. Frazier, G. Polanco 2 (5), F. Cervelli (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (2), G. Polanco 2 (15), F. Cervelli 3 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Cervelli 3 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ, K. Schwarber (3)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (3)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - S. Rodriguez, J. Bell
FIELDING
  • E - K. Bryant (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 3-0)6.04111511.561.2124.5
M. Feliz1.01000107.201.802.5
G. Kontos1.01000006.001.172.0
F. Vazquez1.01000006.001.502.0
Total9.0711161---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 3-0)6.0
M. Feliz1.0
G. Kontos1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 0-1)6.05223723.711.479.5
J. Wilson0.23443025.681.89-10.0
S. Cishek1.10000101.350.603.5
C. Edwards1.01001201.501.172.0
Total9.09667104---
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 0-1)6.0
J. Wilson0.2
S. Cishek1.1
C. Edwards1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - G. Kontos
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 94-60, M. Feliz 14-10, G. Kontos 17-10, F. Vazquez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 4-9, M. Feliz 1-1, G. Kontos 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, M. Feliz 4, G. Kontos 5, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Edwards
  • IBB - K. Hendricks 3 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 91-57, J. Wilson 37-18, S. Cishek 17-12, C. Edwards 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-6, J. Wilson 2-0, S. Cishek 3-0, C. Edwards 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 27, J. Wilson 8, S. Cishek 4, C. Edwards 5
  • 7TH INNING
    Cervelli homered to left, Bell and Dickerson scored61
    Polanco homered to left center31
  • 5TH INNING
    Frazier homered to left center21
  • 4TH INNING
    Schwarber homered to right11
  • 1ST INNING
    Polanco homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dickerson doubled to left
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved George Kontos
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike looking, Caratini singled to left
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez lined into double play second to first, Caratini out at first
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Ball, Heyward popped out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Javier Baez at shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • George Kontos pitching
    • Sean Rodriguez at second
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Happ popped out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Zobrist reached on fielder's choice to first, Bryant out at second
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber singled to left, Zobrist to second
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Steve Cishek
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, La Stella grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Justin Wilson relieved Kyle Hendricks
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco homered to left center
    • S. Marte: Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked, Bell to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli homered to left, Bell and Dickerson scored
    • C. Moran: Foul, Strike looking, Moran singled to right
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked, Moran to second
    • Steve Cishek relieved Addison Russell
    • David Freese hit for Trevor Williams
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Freese grounded into fielder's choice to third, Moran out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ben Zobrist at second
    • Efren Navarro at first
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Caratini grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Baez flied out to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward singled to left
    • E. Navarro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Navarro struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson safe at first on 3rd baseman Bryant fielding error
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Dickerson stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Moran intentionally walked
    • J. Mercer: Mercer lined out to center, Dickerson to third
    • T. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Bryant grounded out to third
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to catcher
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber doubled to shallow left
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier homered to left center
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Marte popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bell grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward fouled out to catcher
    • K. Hendricks: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Happ lined out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran flied out to deep right
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to second
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwarber homered to right
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Foul, Caratini grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier singled to left
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marte flied out to left
    • J. Bell: Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier to third
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson intentionally walked
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Dickerson out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • K. Hendricks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hendricks struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Ball, Happ doubled to shallow left
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to left
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cervelli tripled to deep right center
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Mercer intentionally walked
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Caratini lined out to left
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Baez fouled out to first
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Heyward lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco homered to right center
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Happ singled to shallow center
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked, Happ to second
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zobrist flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber reached on fielder's choice to first, Happ to third, Bryant out at second
    • A. Russell: Russell lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)