Frazier stays hot, leads Pirates by listless Cubs 5-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't need to check the analytics before writing down Adam Frazier's name in the leadoff spot before Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Watching Frazier tie a major league record by roping four doubles the night before gave Hurdle all the evidence he needed to know his second baseman was in a good place, one he seems intent on staying in indefinitely.

Frazier backed up his big night by going 4 for 4 - including a three-run shot off Mike Montgomery shortly after a long rain delay - and scored three runs to lead the Pirates to a 5-1 victory.

Frazier spent the first two months of the season in the leadoff spot before ceding it to rookie Kevin Newman, a move necessitated by a power dip, one that Frazier is intent on putting in the rearview mirror.

When Frazier ripped a single leading off the seventh, it gave him a hit in seven straight at-bats, becoming the first Pirate to reach that milestone since Freddy Sanchez did it on May 25-26, 2009. Frazier is 9 for 10 - with five doubles and a homer - through the first two games of a crucial homestand for Pittsburgh, which is trying to stay in the NL Central race.

''I feel comfortable right now hitting,'' Frazier said. ''(Hitting coach) Rick (Eckstein) and I have been working the past few days. I feel like I'm on to something so. If it's leadoff or whatever, it doesn't matter. It's just you and the pitcher. Go hit.''

Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates and Josh Bell picked up his major-league leading 78th RBI on a sacrifice fly as Pittsburgh backed up an 18-run outburst against Chicago to pull within two games of .500 (41-43) for the first time since June 2.

Frazier led off the bottom of the first with a single off Kyle Hendricks (7-6), doubled off Hendricks again in the third, then took Montgomery into the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field shortly after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay to give Pittsburgh a five-run lead it never came close to squandering while winning for the ninth time in 13 games.

''Talking about a shot in the arm to start off the series the last two nights, what is he now, 9 for 10? Crazy,'' Hurdle said. ''Really good. Special.''

The Cubs managed just six hits against starter Joe Musgrove and five relievers and didn't get a runner past first base until a two-out double by Addison Russell in the eighth. Willson Contreras hit an RBI double in the ninth against Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez to avoid the shutout.

Chicago has dropped three straight and four of five to remain a game behind first-place Milwaukee in the Central, where all five teams are separated by 5 1/2 games.

''We're obviously not playing the kind of baseball we want right now,'' Hendricks said. ''I think it starts with making some better pitches. We're just not making the big pitch when we need to and getting behind early.''

Hendricks, making his first start since going on the injured list on June 15 with right shoulder inflammation, ran into early trouble. Frazier laced the third pitch he saw from Hendricks into center field. Marte followed two batters later with a single of his own and Bell's drive to right field easily scored Frazier to put the Pirates up. Pittsburgh pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third when Frazier led off with a double and scored when Marte doubled to right.

Hendricks gave up two runs in three innings with a walk and four strikeouts for Chicago, which has dropped three straight and four of five.

''I left a change-up to Frazier and then I was trying to run one in on Marte with a fastball,'' Hendricks said. ''Those two got me, but other than that I thought my fastball command was better than expected, change-up was pretty good. It's just good to be back out there.''

Dillion Maples came on for Hendricks in the fourth but was pulled after a walk and a two-out pinch-hit by Steven Brault - a starting pitcher by trade. Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to bring in the left-handed Montgomery to face the left-handed Frazier and Frazier responded by drilling his fourth home run of the season.

''Frazier, that's as hot as you can get right now,'' Maddon said. ''So that was unfortunate. After that, we just couldn't muster any offense.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: An MRI exam confirmed LHP Cole Hamels is dealing with a strained left oblique but nothing more serious. Hamels will undergo treatment this week and the team will re-evaluate his status after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Yu Darvish (2-4, 4.98 ERA) looks for his first victory since April 27 on Wednesday. Darvish had a streak of 10 straight no-decisions end in a loss to Atlanta last week.

Pirates: Chris Archer (3-6, 5.50) is scheduled to make his 15th start of the season on Wednesday. Archer left a victory over Milwaukee last Friday after four innings due to discomfort in his left hip.

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  • W: C. Holmes (1-0)L: K. Hendricks (7-6)
  • HR: PIT - A. Frazier (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF21000220.233.326.470.7972.0
K. Bryant 3B40000042.285.393.528.921-2.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100001.269.379.515.8941.0
J. Baez SS40100022.285.322.552.8740.0
W. Contreras C40110021.284.378.556.9342.0
J. Heyward RF40100003.270.361.466.8271.0
A. Almora CF30100001.254.292.394.6861.0
A. Russell 2B30100010.248.316.413.7291.5
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M. Montgomery P10000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
a- D. Bote PH10000012.263.342.455.796-0.5
R. Rosario P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Montgomery in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B43431000.276.330.407.73714.0
B. Reynolds RF30000113.346.412.534.9460.5
S. Marte CF40210002.277.321.465.7864.0
J. Bell 1B20010100.306.380.6501.0302.0
C. Dickerson LF40000023.293.341.520.861-1.0
C. Moran 3B30000000.283.327.473.7990.0
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K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.319.373.7231.0960.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Newman SS21000100.323.372.478.8492.0
J. Stallings C30000031.326.392.413.805-1.5
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b- S. Brault PH11100000.350.350.400.7502.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Kang 3B10000000.160.224.366.5900.0
  • a-grounded out for Crick in the 8th
  • b-singled for Liriano in the 4th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (13), A. Russell (3)
  • RBI - W. Contreras (49)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Heyward 2 (2), A. Almora, D. Bote 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), S. Marte (16)
  • HR - A. Frazier (4)
  • SF - J. Bell (5)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 3 (24), S. Marte (41), J. Bell (78)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 3 (12), S. Marte (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, C. Dickerson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Heyward (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Newman-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 7-6)3.04221403.451.16-1.0
D. Maples0.21221105.631.75-3.5
M. Montgomery3.12111115.671.785.5
R. Rosario1.00000005.631.633.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 7-6)3.0
D. Maples0.2
M. Montgomery3.1
R. Rosario1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove3.01000404.131.2210.0
F. Liriano1.00001102.631.272.5
R. Rodriguez1.01000103.931.502.5
C. Holmes (W, 1-0)2.00000404.211.3215.0
K. Crick1.02000102.701.471.5
F. Vazquez1.02111202.001.080.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 55-34, D. Maples 18-10, M. Montgomery 39-26, R. Rosario 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 2-3, D. Maples 1-0, M. Montgomery 4-4, R. Rosario 3-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 14, D. Maples 4, M. Montgomery 12, R. Rosario 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 34-25, F. Liriano 11-6, R. Rodriguez 13-12, C. Holmes 24-16, K. Crick 21-13, F. Vazquez 29-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 4-0, F. Liriano 1-0, R. Rodriguez 1-1, C. Holmes 2-0, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 9, F. Liriano 3, R. Rodriguez 4, C. Holmes 6, K. Crick 5, F. Vazquez 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF21000220.233.326.470.7972.0
K. Bryant 3B40000042.285.393.528.921-2.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100001.269.379.515.8941.0
J. Baez SS40100022.285.322.552.8740.0
W. Contreras C40110021.284.378.556.9342.0
J. Heyward RF40100003.270.361.466.8271.0
A. Almora CF30100001.254.292.394.6861.0
A. Russell 2B30100010.248.316.413.7291.5
K. Hendricks P10000000.192.250.231.4810.0
D. Maples P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Montgomery P10000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Montgomery in the 8th
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A. Frazier 2B43431000.276.330.407.73714.0
B. Reynolds RF30000113.346.412.534.9460.5
S. Marte CF40210002.277.321.465.7864.0
J. Bell 1B20010100.306.380.6501.0302.0
C. Dickerson LF40000023.293.341.520.861-1.0
C. Moran 3B30000000.283.327.473.7990.0
C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.319.373.7231.0960.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Newman SS21000100.323.372.478.8492.0
J. Stallings C30000031.326.392.413.805-1.5
J. Musgrove P10000000.148.207.148.3550.0
F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
b- S. Brault PH11100000.350.350.400.7502.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Kang 3B10000000.160.224.366.5900.0
Total295751369-----
  • a-grounded out for Crick in the 8th
  • b-singled for Liriano in the 4th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (13), A. Russell (3)
  • RBI - W. Contreras (49)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Heyward 2 (2), A. Almora, D. Bote 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), S. Marte (16)
  • HR - A. Frazier (4)
  • SF - J. Bell (5)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 3 (24), S. Marte (41), J. Bell (78)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 3 (12), S. Marte (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, C. Dickerson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Heyward (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Newman-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 7-6)3.04221403.451.16-1.0
D. Maples0.21221105.631.75-3.5
M. Montgomery3.12111115.671.785.5
R. Rosario1.00000005.631.633.0
Total8.0755361---
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 7-6)3.0
D. Maples0.2
M. Montgomery3.1
R. Rosario1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove3.01000404.131.2210.0
F. Liriano1.00001102.631.272.5
R. Rodriguez1.01000103.931.502.5
C. Holmes (W, 1-0)2.00000404.211.3215.0
K. Crick1.02000102.701.471.5
F. Vazquez1.02111202.001.080.0
Total9.06112130---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove3.0
F. Liriano1.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
C. Holmes (W, 1-0)2.0
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 55-34, D. Maples 18-10, M. Montgomery 39-26, R. Rosario 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 2-3, D. Maples 1-0, M. Montgomery 4-4, R. Rosario 3-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 14, D. Maples 4, M. Montgomery 12, R. Rosario 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 34-25, F. Liriano 11-6, R. Rodriguez 13-12, C. Holmes 24-16, K. Crick 21-13, F. Vazquez 29-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 4-0, F. Liriano 1-0, R. Rodriguez 1-1, C. Holmes 2-0, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 9, F. Liriano 3, R. Rodriguez 4, C. Holmes 6, K. Crick 5, F. Vazquez 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Contreras doubled to deep left, Schwarber scored, Rizzo to third15
  • 4TH INNING
    Frazier homered to right, Newman and Brault scored05
  • 3RD INNING
    Marte doubled to deep center, Frazier scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Bell hit sacrifice fly to right, Frazier scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bryant struck out on foul tip
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo singled to left, Schwarber to second
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Contreras doubled to deep left, Schwarber scored, Rizzo to third
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick relieved Clay Holmes
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to first
    • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Almora singled to left
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Russell doubled to left, Almora to third
    • David Bote hit for Mike Montgomery
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Randy Rosario pitching
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to second
    • Jose Osuna hit for Kyle Crick
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Osuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Holmes Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Frazier singled to right center
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Reynolds flied out to deep center
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Frazier out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Clay Holmes pitching
    • Jung Ho Kang at third base
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
    • M. Montgomery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Montgomery struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Schwarber struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Newman lined out to right
    • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Kang grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward flied out to deep right
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Almora reached on fielder's choice to second, Baez out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to first
    • C. Moran: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Moran flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Francisco Liriano relieved Joe Musgrove
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded into double play shortstop to first, Schwarber out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dillon Maples relieved Kyle Hendricks
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Newman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman walked
    • J. Stallings: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • Steven Brault hit for Francisco Liriano
    • S. Brault: Strike swinging, Brault singled to right, Newman to third
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Dillon Maples
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier homered to right, Newman and Brault scored
    • B. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • S. Marte: Marte lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
    • A. Russell: Russell grounded out to catcher
    • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Ball, Hendricks grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove flied out to center
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier doubled to deep right center
    • B. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Marte doubled to deep center, Frazier scored
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to right center
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Heyward out at first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moran grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Newman grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stallings struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
    • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Reynolds popped out to second
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Marte singled to left center, Frazier to third
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Bell hit sacrifice fly to right, Frazier scored
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)