Series: Game 1 of 4

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 21
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Chicago 1
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Pittsburgh 3Final
Chicago 4
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
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Chicago 7
Game 4: Thursday, May 23
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Chicago 11

Pirates 12

(21-22, 11-11 away)

Cubs 1

(14-28, 6-15 home)

    5:05 PM ET, May 21, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Anderson (4-5)

    L: J. Bere (1-7)

    Giles' inside-the-park HR highlights 12-run output

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Manager Lloyd McClendon said the Pirates had been swinging the bats well, but had nothing to show for it. Playing at Wrigley Field finally brought some success.

    Brian Giles

    Brian Giles hit an inside-the-park home run, and Jimmy Anderson and Sean Lowe combined on a three-hitter Tuesday to lead Pittsburgh over the Chicago Cubs 12-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    The Pirates had 12 hits and a season-high run output.

    ``Finally. Figured our bats would eventually come around,'' McClendon said. ``Guys have been going at it hard. Certainly, our approach to hitting has been correct. We had just not been getting results.''

    Kevin Young and Chad Hermansen also homered to back Anderson, who was 1-4 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

    ``He was able to relax after the first inning. He's not pitching as bad as his record indicates,'' McClendon said.

    Giles tripled, drove in three runs and scored four. The inside-the-park homer was the first of his career, and it also knocked Cubs left fielder Moises Alou out of the game when he hurt himself diving for the ball.

    Anderson (4-5) walked four and struck out two in seven innings. Lowe gave up a solo home run to Fred McGriff in the ninth.

    Jason Bere (1-7) lost his sixth straight start for Cubs, who have dropped 10 of 11.

    The Pirates led 6-0 in the seventh when they put two runners on against Ron Mahay.

    Giles hit a sinking liner about 300 feet down the left-field line, and Alou made an all-out, belly-flop try for the ball and missed. In the process, he banged his shoulder and hip on the padded wall near the Cubs bullpen.

    Alou lay motionless for a few seconds as Giles raced around the bases for a three-run homer. Alou eventually got up in a futile effort to pursue the ball, and walked off the field without help.

    ``Every time I get him in the lineup, it's always one something, one dive or something that takes him out of the ball game,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said. ``We're going to look at it and see if he can play tomorrow.''

    Aramis Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly, and Jason Kendall lined a two-run double for a 3-0 lead in the first.

    In the third, Giles hit an RBI triple, and Ramirez followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game for a 5-0 lead.

    Young hit his fourth homer in the fourth, and Hermansen hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

    Bere allowed six runs and six hits on five innings.

    ``I'm still confident. As far as the numbers, I know they're not pretty,'' Bere said. ``But when I go out there, I don't bring any of that out there with me.''

    Game notes

    During his losing streak, Bere has allowed 52 hits and 32 earned runs in 33 2-3 innings for an ERA of 8.55. ... It was the first inside-the-park homer for the Pirates since Brant Brown did it in 1999 against the Cardinals.

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