Pirates win suspended game against Cubs in 11

CHICAGO -- Josh Harrison hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday in the conclusion of the series opener that was suspended due to rain.

Harrison finished with four hits and two RBIs, but the All-Star infielder limped off the field after making an over-the shoulder catch in short center field in the bottom of the 11th inning. He appeared to have injured his left leg.

The Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Cubs lost for the first time in four games.

Friday's series opener was suspended with the game tied at 3 after a second rain delay with one out in the top of the seventh inning lasted 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Neil Walker began the 11th with a one-out double off Wesley Wright (0-3), the last of nine Cubs pitchers. Wright then walked rookie Gregory Polanco and pinch-hitter Brent Morel to load the bases before Harrison singled to center. Tony Sanchez added a pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Mark Melancon (3-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and rookie John Holdzkom finished for his first major league save.

Jose Tabata had two hits and drove in a run for the Pirates, who are trying to get into position for their second consecutive playoff appearance.

Chicago had won six in a row at Wrigley Field. Chris Valaika had three hits, including a tying RBI single in the fifth.

Harrison helped the Pirates get off to a nice start on Friday. He doubled and scored on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Luis Valbuena in the first. He also had a two-out RBI double in the fourth that gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.


Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday. He was placed on the disabled list last month with a sports hernia in his right hip. "We need some more information before we can make an accurate read," manager Clint Hurdle said of his short-term prospects. ... C Russell Martin remained in the lineup after he turned his left ankle on a swing the previous day.

Cubs: C Welington Castillo was available for the second game after he was scratched on Friday due to tightness in his lower back. . LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, who pitched just 3 1/3 innings on Friday due to mild cramping in his left calf, reported no further problems and was expected to make his next scheduled start.


The Pirates send LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 3.91 ERA) to the mound against LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 1.29 ERA) in Saturday's regularly scheduled game.