Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown on who might be joining the hottest team in the majors.

''I had fun with it,'' Taillon said. ''My heart was racing, I think.''

So are the Pirates.

Hours after his team picked up Texas closer Keone Kela and Tampa Bay starting pitcher Chris Archer in an effort to give Pittsburgh's surprising postseason push a jolt, Taillon pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Pirates held on late for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

''We're really excited for the additions,'' Taillon said. ''I think we still kind of don't have anything to lose so we're going to keep playing free. Going to hopefully play complete games like we've been doing and see what we can make happen.''

Gregory Polanco hit his team-leading 19th home run, a solo shot in the eighth that gave the Pirates a two-run cushion. They needed it after closer Felipe Vazquez gave up a single to pinch-hitter David Bote leading off the top of the ninth and Addison Russell followed with a shot to the gap in right-center that scored Bote.

Russell sped to third on the play and was initially ruled safe , but the call was overturned upon review. Vazquez retired the next two batters to pick up his 24th save in 28 opportunities.

''I'd like to see the replay on that last play, because I didn't see it,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''I went up and looked at it. The call on the field has integrity and I'd really need to see why that was changed.''

David Freese added a pair of RBI doubles for the Pirates, including a drive to the gap in right-center in the fifth that scored Polanco and put Pittsburgh ahead to stay as the resurgent Pirates won for the 16th time in 20 games.

''We've been fighting the last month,'' Polanco said. ''We know we want to play in October and to bring in pitchers (like Kela and Archer) is good for us and you know, that's a good plan. You've got to keep fighting, keep winning.''

Taillon (8-8) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, his lone mistake an off-speed pitch to Javy Baez in the fourth that Baez turned into a three-run homer that tied the game.

Baez finished 3 for 4, including his shot to the rotunda behind the left-field seats that boosted his season home run total to 22, but the Cubs hit into two double plays and left seven runners on base to lose for the third time in four games.

Jon Lester (12-4) hadn't lost on the road since falling to Cleveland on April 25. He needed 101 pitches to labor through five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Lester is 2-1 with a 4.69 ERA in four starts against the Pirates this season.

''It seems like every time I throw against them, I'm not getting ahead,'' he said. ''Kind of a grinder. Hopefully, I get another shot. I feel like I haven't pitched even close to anything good against these guys.''

The Pirates were reeling three weeks ago but have moved into the playoff chase by posting the best record in the majors since July 8. General manager Neal Huntington splurged at the deadline, bringing in Archer and Kela while parting with young prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Taylor Hearn.

Huntington called the decision a difficult one but felt it was worth it with both Archer and Kela under team control through at least 2020. Either way, the Pirates enter August in the thick of a crowded NL playoff chase. Consider the Cubs believers in Pittsburgh's chances after their NL Central rival drew within six games of first place.

''I think this team is definitely not out of it,'' Lester said. ''I think we've seen in the past where they do get maybe a little bit on the streaky side. Hopefully, you kind of catch them when they're not streaking in a positive way. But yeah, their offense gets rolling. They've got a good group over there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps) reported no pain following a bullpen session on Tuesday. Darvish, who hasn't pitched since May 20, called it a ''starting point'' and remains out indefinitely. The four-time All Star also brushed off comments made by former MLB star-turned-ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez, who said during a broadcast on Sunday night that Darvish's slow rehab was a distraction in the Chicago clubhouse. Darvish said ''it doesn't matter'' what Rodriguez thinks of him.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Cole Hamels will make his first start for the Cubs on Wednesday when the teams wrap up their two-game set. Chicago acquired Hamels from Texas last week. The four-time All-Star went 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA for the Rangers this season.

Pirates: Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) will try to bounce back after giving up six runs in three-plus innings in a loss to the New York Mets last Thursday.

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  • W: J. Taillon (8-8)L: J. Lester (12-4)S: F. Vazquez (24)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (22), PIT - F. Cervelli (10), G. Polanco (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B40000020.260.358.436.7940.0
B. Zobrist 2B31100200.305.394.441.8355.0
J. Heyward RF41100013.277.343.412.7551.5
J. Baez 3B41331000.300.330.574.90411.0
A. Almora CF30000011.307.343.419.762-0.5
I. Happ LF20000201.251.377.442.8192.0
W. Contreras C40100003.277.366.442.8082.0
J. Lester P20000001.111.111.178.2890.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10100000.280.346.322.6681.0
J. Chavez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Bote PH11100000.340.431.528.9592.0
A. Russell SS40110001.264.334.376.7103.0
  • a-singled for Cishek in the 7th
  • b-singled for Wilson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Luplow LF30000110.189.268.405.6740.5
S. Marte CF40000001.285.331.489.8200.0
G. Polanco RF33211100.254.348.518.86510.0
D. Freese 3B41220001.291.355.464.8197.0
F. Cervelli C41221001.244.372.463.8358.0
J. Harrison 2B30000110.250.292.358.6500.5
J. Osuna 1B30100010.185.200.352.5521.5
J. Mercer SS30100010.261.322.396.7180.5
J. Taillon P20000013.081.105.108.213-0.5
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Frazier PH10000000.253.327.383.7110.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Zobrist (15), J. Baez (28), W. Contreras (20), A. Russell (20)
  • HR - J. Baez (22)
  • SH - A. Almora (2)
  • RBI - J. Baez 3 (82), A. Russell (35)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Freese 2 (8), J. Osuna (3)
  • HR - G. Polanco (19), F. Cervelli (10)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (59), D. Freese 2 (35), F. Cervelli 2 (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (15), F. Cervelli 2 (28)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Happ (3)
  • DP - (Rizzo-Russell-Zobrist)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (4)
  • DP - 2 (Freese-Harrison-Osuna; Mercer-Harrison-Osuna)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 12-4)5.07443313.221.27-2.5
S. Cishek1.00000102.011.093.5
J. Chavez1.00000103.031.153.5
J. Wilson1.01110013.241.391.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 12-4)5.0
S. Cishek1.0
J. Chavez1.0
J. Wilson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 8-8)6.27332213.741.2217.0
E. Santana (H, 15)0.10001103.001.02-0.5
K. Crick (H, 10)1.00001001.981.152.0
F. Vazquez (S, 24)1.02110103.151.297.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 8-8)6.2
E. Santana (H, 15)0.1
K. Crick (H, 10)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 24)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 101-59, S. Cishek 8-7, J. Chavez 7-6, J. Wilson 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-4, J. Chavez 1-1, J. Wilson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, S. Cishek 3, J. Chavez 3, J. Wilson 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 89-61, E. Santana 11-5, K. Crick 12-6, F. Vazquez 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-6, K. Crick 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, E. Santana 2, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B40000020.260.358.436.7940.0
B. Zobrist 2B31100200.305.394.441.8355.0
J. Heyward RF41100013.277.343.412.7551.5
J. Baez 3B41331000.300.330.574.90411.0
A. Almora CF30000011.307.343.419.762-0.5
I. Happ LF20000201.251.377.442.8192.0
W. Contreras C40100003.277.366.442.8082.0
J. Lester P20000001.111.111.178.2890.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10100000.280.346.322.6681.0
J. Chavez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Bote PH11100000.340.431.528.9592.0
A. Russell SS40110001.264.334.376.7103.0
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  • a-singled for Cishek in the 7th
  • b-singled for Wilson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Luplow LF30000110.189.268.405.6740.5
S. Marte CF40000001.285.331.489.8200.0
G. Polanco RF33211100.254.348.518.86510.0
D. Freese 3B41220001.291.355.464.8197.0
F. Cervelli C41221001.244.372.463.8358.0
J. Harrison 2B30000110.250.292.358.6500.5
J. Osuna 1B30100010.185.200.352.5521.5
J. Mercer SS30100010.261.322.396.7180.5
J. Taillon P20000013.081.105.108.213-0.5
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Frazier PH10000000.253.327.383.7110.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total305852356-----
  • a-flied out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Zobrist (15), J. Baez (28), W. Contreras (20), A. Russell (20)
  • HR - J. Baez (22)
  • SH - A. Almora (2)
  • RBI - J. Baez 3 (82), A. Russell (35)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Freese 2 (8), J. Osuna (3)
  • HR - G. Polanco (19), F. Cervelli (10)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (59), D. Freese 2 (35), F. Cervelli 2 (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (15), F. Cervelli 2 (28)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Happ (3)
  • DP - (Rizzo-Russell-Zobrist)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (4)
  • DP - 2 (Freese-Harrison-Osuna; Mercer-Harrison-Osuna)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 12-4)5.07443313.221.27-2.5
S. Cishek1.00000102.011.093.5
J. Chavez1.00000103.031.153.5
J. Wilson1.01110013.241.391.0
Total8.0855352---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 12-4)5.0
S. Cishek1.0
J. Chavez1.0
J. Wilson1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 8-8)6.27332213.741.2217.0
E. Santana (H, 15)0.10001103.001.02-0.5
K. Crick (H, 10)1.00001001.981.152.0
F. Vazquez (S, 24)1.02110103.151.297.5
Total9.0944441---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 8-8)6.2
E. Santana (H, 15)0.1
K. Crick (H, 10)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 24)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 101-59, S. Cishek 8-7, J. Chavez 7-6, J. Wilson 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-4, J. Chavez 1-1, J. Wilson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, S. Cishek 3, J. Chavez 3, J. Wilson 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 89-61, E. Santana 11-5, K. Crick 12-6, F. Vazquez 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-6, K. Crick 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, E. Santana 2, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Russell doubled to deep right center, Bote scored, Russell out at third45
  • 8TH INNING
    Polanco homered to right35
  • 5TH INNING
    Freese doubled to deep center, Polanco scored34
  • 4TH INNING
    Baez homered to left, Zobrist and Heyward scored33
  • 3RD INNING
    Cervelli homered to left, Freese scored03
    Freese doubled to deep right, Polanco scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • David Bote hit for Justin Wilson
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Bote singled to left
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell doubled to deep right center, Bote scored, Russell out at third
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Baez flied out to left
    • A. Almora: Almora lined out to right
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Happ walked
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Wilson relieved Jesse Chavez
    • G. Polanco: Polanco homered to right
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freese lined out to center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to second
    • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Steve Cishek
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike swinging, La Stella singled to right center
    • A. Russell: Russell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, La Stella out at second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jameson Taillon
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist walked, Rizzo to second
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Chavez pitching
    • Adam Frazier hit for Edgar Santana
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep center
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Luplow struck out looking
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez doubled to deep left
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Almora grounded out to pitcher, Baez to third
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Happ lined out to second
    • W. Contreras: Contreras lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Cishek relieved Jon Lester
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Harrison flied out to right
    • J. Osuna: Osuna lined out to right
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell grounded out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Luplow grounded out to third
    • S. Marte: Marte flied out to deep center
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
    • D. Freese: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Freese doubled to deep center, Polanco scored
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli singled to left, Freese out at home
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zobrist doubled to deep center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward singled to right, Zobrist to third
    • J. Baez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Baez homered to left, Zobrist and Heyward scored
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Happ flied out to deep left
    • W. Contreras: Contreras doubled to deep center
    • J. Lester: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lester lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Osuna struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to right center
    • J. Taillon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taillon hit into double play first to shortstop to second, Mercer out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Lester: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lester grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Strike looking, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte lined out to right
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco singled to deep right
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese doubled to deep right, Polanco scored
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli homered to left, Freese scored
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Baez singled to right center
    • A. Almora: Almora hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Baez to second
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Happ walked
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded into double play third to second to first, Happ out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Foul, Cervelli lined out to center
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Osuna doubled to deep right, Harrison to third
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Harrison out at home, Osuna to third
    • J. Taillon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rizzo lined out to right
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • J. Heyward: Heyward flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte lined out to center
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first, Luplow to second
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)