Patrick Wisdom hits 25th homer, Chicago Cubs pull away from Pirates 8-3
PITTSBURGH - Patrick Wisdom hit a three-run homer and Adrian Sampson tossed six efficient innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3.
Wisdom took the first pitch he saw from Pittsburgh reliever Manny Banuelos and sent it into the Pirates bullpen well behind the center-field wall with two outs in the fifth for his 25th home run of the season.
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Wisdom is the fourth third baseman in Cubs history to reach the 25 home run-plateau at least twice.
Sampson allowed one run to improve to 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in September. Bryan Reynolds homered for Pittsburgh, which has lost 9 of 10.