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Pirates top Cubs, take series
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 5      4   Final
09/22/2002 4:19 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cubs 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
 Pirates 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 X 5 10 0
Pirates top Cubs, take series
By Ed Eagle /

Jack Wilson steals second base in the sixth inning as Chicago Cubs shortstop Mark Bellhorn takes the throw. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates rallied for three runs in the fifth inning and held on to defeat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, at PNC Park Sunday afternoon.

With his team trailing, 3-1, pinch-hitter Adrian Brown led off the Bucs' big inning with a single and advanced to third on Pokey Reese's double to left. Jack Wilson then singled to right to chase home Brown with Pittsburgh's second run. Brian Giles followed with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at 3.

The Pirates scored the go-ahead run later in the fifth as a result of a Cubs defensive miscue. Chicago appeared to have Wilson nailed at second base on a pickoff play. But McGriff's throw was wide of the bag and Wilson was able to slide in under the tag. Rob Mackowiak came through with the game-winning RBI single to right two pitches later.

Pittsburgh tacked on the decisive run in the seventh. Wilson drew a walk to lead off the inning, took second on Giles' bloop single to center and scored when Ramirez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

The fifth-inning rally made a winner of starter Kris Benson (9-6), who allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. Benson has won a career-high five straight decisions and is 9-2 in his last 17 starts.

The Cubs did most of their damage against Benson in the first inning. Former Pirate Chad Hermansen singled after one out. Fred McGriff took Benson deep to right center field two batters later for his 30th home run of season to give the Cubs an early, 2-0, lead. It was an historic home run for McGriff, who became the first Major League player to hit 30 or more home runs for five different teams. It was also McGriff's first ever home run at PNC Park, giving him home runs in an ML-record 42 different big league parks.

The Bucs scored their first run in the third inning. Wilson draw a walk from Cubs starter Alan Benes (2-2) after one out and advanced to third on a single by Giles. Wilson then scored on a Ramirez sacrifice fly to right.

Hermansen scored the Cubs third run in the fourth inning. His solo home run to center field was his eighth blast of the season and the first against his former team.

Mike Williams gave up a run on three hits in the ninth inning, but still came away with his 44th save of the season.

The win gave the Pirates a four-game lead over the Cubs for fourth place in the NL Central with six games left to play. The two teams close out the season with a weekend series at Wrigley Field next weekend.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for and can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Chicago Cubs
BellhornSS 4011101.259
HermansenCF 5221014.209
SosaRF 3010101.296
McGriff1B 4112024.274
AlfonsecaP 0000000.667
AlouLF 4000004.277
Orie3B 4000010.321
Stynes2B 3010000.244
b-PattersonPH 1110000.255
GirardiC 3000011.220
c-HundleyPH 1000001.206
BenesP 2010010.083
BorowskiP 0000000.286
BeltranP 0000000.000
a-BrownPH 0000100.200
CunnaneP 0000000.333
Choi1B 1010000.172
a-Walked for Beltran in the 7th. b-Singled for Stynes in the 9th. c-Popped out for Girardi in the 9th.
HR: McGriff (30, 1st inning off Benson, 1 on, 2 out), Hermansen (8, 5th inning off Benson, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: McGriff 2 (103), Hermansen (18), Bellhorn (55).
2-out RBI: McGriff 2, Hermansen, Bellhorn.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Alou 2, Hermansen.
GIDP: Girardi.
Team LOB: 6.
DP: (Orie-Stynes-McGriff).
Pittsburgh Pirates
Reese2B 4120001.264
Wilson, JSS 2311201.250
GilesLF 3021001.294
Ramirez3B 3001013.234
BoehringerP 0000000.000
Williams, MP 0000000.000
MackowiakRF 3011011.244
ArroyoP 0000000.000
b-RiosPH 0000100.241
Benjamin3B 0000000.145
Wilson, C1B 3010001.266
Young1B 1000011.244
AlvarezCF-RF 4010001.250
CotaC 4010011.222
BensonP 1000012.175
a-BrownPH-CF 3110001.211
a-Singled for Benson in the 5th. b-Walked for Arroyo in the 7th.
2B: Reese (24, Benes).
RBI: Ramirez (67), Wilson, J (46), Giles (95), Mackowiak (46).
2-out RBI: Mackowiak.
SF: Ramirez, Giles.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Benson, Reese.
GIDP: Ramirez.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Wilson, J (5, 2nd base off Borowski/Girardi), Alvarez (1, 2nd base off Beltran/Girardi), Brown (9, 2nd base off Beltran/Girardi).
DP: (Wilson, J-Reese-Wilson, C).
Chicago Cubs
Benes (L, 2-2) 4.17441304.59
Borowski 0.21000002.75
Beltran 1.010000010.00
Cunnane 1.01112105.16
Alfonseca 1.00000103.97
Pittsburgh Pirates
Benson (W, 9-6) 5.05332224.70
Arroyo (H, 1) 2.00001304.15
Boehringer (H, 27) 1.01000103.32
Williams, M (S, 44) 1.03110003.03
WP: Beltran.
Pitches-strikes: Benes 94-59, Borowski 17-10, Beltran 15-10, Cunnane 29-15, Alfonseca 8-7, Benson 89-54, Arroyo 25-16, Boehringer 18-11, Williams, M 19-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Benes 0-10, Borowski 0-2, Beltran 2-1, Cunnane 2-0, Alfonseca 2-0, Benson 5-8, Arroyo 1-2, Boehringer 0-2, Williams, M 2-1.
Batters faced: Benes 21, Borowski 3, Beltran 4, Cunnane 5, Alfonseca 3, Benson 21, Arroyo 7, Boehringer 4, Williams, M 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Borowski 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Randy Marsh.
Weather: 76 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 5 mph, Varies.
T: 3:11.
Att: 25,026.

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