After eight shutout innings in his last start, Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon struggled in third major league start. The Chicago Cubs hit three homeruns off of Taillon, and five total for the game, as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell 10-5 on Sunday night.
The 24-year-old right-hander pitched six innings of no-hit ball in his last outing, but couldn’t get his stuff going in Chicago. Taillon gave up four runs on eight hits on 85 pitches in just four innings pitched.
Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Rizzo hit back-to-back homeruns in the third inning, after a run in both the first and second. Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison hit his third homerun of the season in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-1.
The Cubs lead grew to 6-1 in the sixth inning on a two-run homerun, but the Bucs cut the deficit to 6-4 in the seventh inning when Starling Marte had an RBI triple, which scored two runs. That was followed by an infield single by Jung-Ho Kang, allowing Marte to score.
The Pirates would get no close than two, as Chicago tacked on four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Andrew McCutchen had an RBI infield single in the ninth inning.
Pittsburgh will look to reestablish its winning ways as the Pirates head home to take on the San Francisco Giants in a series beginning Monday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM when left-handers Madison Bumgarner (8-2, 1.91 ERA) and Jeff Locke (5-5, 5.92 ERA) are set to take the hill.