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.
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
``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.''
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.''
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.