Harrison, Polanco help lead Nova, Pirates over Cubs 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Although reluctant to go on the disabled list two weeks ago, Ivan Nova had to concede Sunday that the break was a great benefit.

Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-1.

Pittsburgh, which had managed a total of three runs in its previous four road games, ended its losing streak at three.

Nova (3-5) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a four-decision skid and pick up his first win since April 15. He was activated before the game after missing the two weeks with a sprained finger.

''I like to take the ball every five days,'' he said. ''Sometimes you don't think about your performance, because you believe in yourself and you think that you can do your job out there.''

''My finger was bothering me a little bit my last couple of times out there and I didn't help myself. Today I was finally 100 percent healthy,'' he said.

Manager Clint Hurdle agreed: ''He was efficient. That was the guy we hadn't seen much in his last five times out.''

Anthony Rizzo drove in the lone run for Chicago, which had won four in a row. The Cubs trail the NL Central-leading Brewers by a half-game heading into a three-game series at Milwaukee starting on Monday.

''Two outta three ain't bad,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Anyone that's not into two out of three really needs to re-evaluate their baseball sensibilities.''

Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gave up one run on three hits in five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The right-hander has gone beyond the fifth just once in his last five starts.

Harrison hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his seventh career leadoff homer.

Pittsburgh broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Austin Meadows led off with a double against reliever Brian Duensing and one out later, Elias Diaz hit an RBI single.

After walking Josh Bell to load the bases, Duensing was replaced by Luke Farrell. The lefty-swinging Polanco greeted the right-hander by lining a 1-2 pitch into the right-field corner for a three-run triple to make it 5-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a single.

Rizzo's RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth made it 6-1.

Pittsburgh added a run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by pinch-hitter David Freese.

''The story, for me, was Gregory's three-run triple to create the separation and Nova off the mound,'' Hurdle said.

QUICK HOOK

Maddon decided to hit for Hendricks with runners on first and second and no out in the fifth, but Tommy La Stella grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

''It was all set up,'' Maddon said. ''You've got the best pinch-hitter in the National League and he just happens to hit into a double play, which is going to happen on occasion.''

ESCAPING

Chicago's best scoring opportunities against Nova came following fielding errors on routine plays by Harrison and Mercer, but the right-hander worked out of jams in the third and fifth.

ROSTER MOVES

To make room for Nova, the Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings from Indianapolis and optioned OF/INF Adam Frazier.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli sat out after being struck in the left jaw by a foul tip on Saturday. ''I'm OK It's just a bruise,'' he said. ''I'll be ready soon.''

Cubs: When asked if RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) would return before the All-Star break, Maddon said, ''I don't know.'' Darvish is playing catch but has yet to throw off the mound.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (2-1, 1.89 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Arizona on Monday. Musgrove won his first two starts before losing against the Dodgers last time out. LHP Patrick Corbin (6-2, 2.87) goes for the D-Backs.

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.20 ERA) pitches the opener at Milwaukee on Monday night. Quintana has a streak of 24 scoreless innings against the Brewers and will face RHP Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.83).

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  • W: I. Nova (3-5)L: K. Hendricks (4-6)
  • HR: PIT - J. Harrison (3)
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C. Moran 3B41000121.271.355.412.7671.0
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J. Bell 1B12100300.237.318.368.6866.0
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J. Mercer SS30110100.251.315.377.6923.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Baez 2B40000021.250.279.522.801-1.0
J. Heyward RF41200010.273.333.412.7453.5
K. Bryant 3B40000023.293.402.500.902-1.0
A. Rizzo 1B30110100.246.344.433.7783.0
I. Happ CF30000122.227.356.447.8020.0
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A. Russell SS30100001.273.344.374.7191.0
C. Gimenez C30000001.214.214.214.4290.0
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c- B. Zobrist PH10000000.290.376.432.8080.0
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  • a-lined out for Schwarber in the 9th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Hendricks in the 5th
  • c-grounded out for Farrell in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows (4)
  • 3B - G. Polanco
  • HR - J. Harrison (3)
  • RBI - J. Harrison (14), E. Diaz (14), G. Polanco 3 (31), J. Mercer (18), D. Freese (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Heyward (8)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (45)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Mercer-Bell; Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - J. Harrison, J. Mercer (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 3-5)5.24112804.681.3219.0
E. Santana1.10000003.040.943.0
K. Crick1.00000102.491.383.5
F. Vazquez1.00000104.211.443.5
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 3-5)5.2
E. Santana1.1
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 4-6)5.03112413.481.096.0
B. Duensing0.12442004.051.55-8.0
L. Farrell1.22110304.051.281.5
C. Mazzoni2.02112101.171.301.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 4-6)5.0
B. Duensing0.1
L. Farrell1.2
C. Mazzoni2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 94-63, E. Santana 15-11, K. Crick 16-12, F. Vazquez 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-1, E. Santana 2-2, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, E. Santana 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 87-51, B. Duensing 25-11, L. Farrell 30-22, C. Mazzoni 43-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 4-6, B. Duensing 1-0, C. Mazzoni 3-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 19, B. Duensing 5, L. Farrell 7, C. Mazzoni 10
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Meadows CF51100021.356.385.6711.0562.0
C. Dickerson LF50100001.319.352.480.8331.0
C. Moran 3B41000121.271.355.412.7671.0
E. Diaz C51210011.291.337.468.8063.5
J. Bell 1B12100300.237.318.368.6866.0
G. Polanco RF31130103.206.308.417.7258.0
J. Mercer SS30110100.251.315.377.6923.0
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a- D. Freese PH10010002.245.315.408.7231.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Baez 2B40000021.250.279.522.801-1.0
J. Heyward RF41200010.273.333.412.7453.5
K. Bryant 3B40000023.293.402.500.902-1.0
A. Rizzo 1B30110100.246.344.433.7783.0
I. Happ CF30000122.227.356.447.8020.0
K. Schwarber LF30000022.249.374.492.865-1.0
a- A. Almora PH10000000.317.371.439.8090.0
A. Russell SS30100001.273.344.374.7191.0
C. Gimenez C30000001.214.214.214.4290.0
K. Hendricks P10000010.074.074.111.185-0.5
b- T. La Stella PH10000002.316.388.342.7300.0
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
L. Farrell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Zobrist PH10000000.290.376.432.8080.0
C. Mazzoni P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Schwarber in the 9th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Hendricks in the 5th
  • c-grounded out for Farrell in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows (4)
  • 3B - G. Polanco
  • HR - J. Harrison (3)
  • RBI - J. Harrison (14), E. Diaz (14), G. Polanco 3 (31), J. Mercer (18), D. Freese (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Heyward (8)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (45)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Mercer-Bell; Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - J. Harrison, J. Mercer (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 3-5)5.24112804.681.3219.0
E. Santana1.10000003.040.943.0
K. Crick1.00000102.491.383.5
F. Vazquez1.00000104.211.443.5
Total9.04112100---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 3-5)5.2
E. Santana1.1
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 4-6)5.03112413.481.096.0
B. Duensing0.12442004.051.55-8.0
L. Farrell1.22110304.051.281.5
C. Mazzoni2.02112101.171.301.5
Total9.0977681---
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 4-6)5.0
B. Duensing0.1
L. Farrell1.2
C. Mazzoni2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 94-63, E. Santana 15-11, K. Crick 16-12, F. Vazquez 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-1, E. Santana 2-2, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, E. Santana 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 87-51, B. Duensing 25-11, L. Farrell 30-22, C. Mazzoni 43-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 4-6, B. Duensing 1-0, C. Mazzoni 3-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 19, B. Duensing 5, L. Farrell 7, C. Mazzoni 10
  • 8TH INNING
    Freese reached on fielder's choice to third, Bell scored, Polanco out at third, Mercer to second71
  • 6TH INNING
    Rizzo grounded out to shortstop, Heyward scored61
    Mercer singled to left center, Polanco scored60
    Polanco tripled to right, Moran, Diaz and Bell scored50
    Diaz singled to right, Meadows scored, Moran to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Harrison homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Mazzoni Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Meadows flied out to deep right
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson singled to left center
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to pitcher, Dickerson to second
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • Albert Almora hit for Kyle Schwarber
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Almora lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Cory Mazzoni pitching
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz flied out to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell reached on an infield single to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Bell to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked, Bell to third, Polanco to second
    • David Freese hit for Edgar Santana
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese reached on fielder's choice to third, Bell scored, Polanco out at third, Mercer to second
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Harrison grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Freese out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Baez flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Heyward struck out on foul tip
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bryant popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Farrell Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Santana Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Russell lined out to right
    • C. Gimenez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gimenez fouled out to third
    • Ben Zobrist hit for Luke Farrell
    • B. Zobrist: Strike swinging, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Brian Duensing pitching
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Meadows doubled to deep right
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second, Meadows to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moran walked
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to right, Meadows scored, Moran to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell walked, Moran to third, Diaz to second
    • Luke Farrell relieved Brian Duensing
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco tripled to right, Moran, Diaz and Bell scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to left center, Polanco scored
    • I. Nova: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul tip, Nova struck out on foul tip
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Heyward doubled to deep center
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward to third on wild pitch, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop, Heyward scored
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Happ walked
    • Edgar Santana relieved Ivan Nova
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Nova grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Harrison: Harrison flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Foul, Russell singled to shallow left
    • C. Gimenez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gimenez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Russell to second on shortstop Mercer fielding error
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Kyle Hendricks
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Foul, La Stella grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Russell to third, Gimenez out at second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dickerson flied out to left
    • C. Moran: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to left center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Diaz to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo singled to left
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Happ grounded into double play shortstop to first, Rizzo out at second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mercer lined out to center
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison singled to left
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison stole second, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to third
    • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Baez safe at first on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error
    • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Heyward singled to center, Baez to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bell out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison homered to left
    • A. Meadows: Foul, Foul, Meadows fouled out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward popped out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)