Pablo Reyes smacked a three-run home run off left-hander Mike Montgomery as the Cubs, trying to clinch the National League Central title this week, fell 6-0 and saw their division lead cut to a half-game ahead of the Brewers. The Cubs’ magic number to clinch the NL Central remains at five.
Reyes smacked his homer with one out in the second after pitching coach Jim Hickey visited the mound.
Adding more concern to the Cubs was that third baseman Kris Bryant was struck on the left wrist by a pitch from Pirates starter Chris Archer in the fourth. Bryant stayed in the game momentarily before leaving in the sixth, and his injury was diagnosed as a bruise.
Meanwhile, Montgomery was pulled after allowing a leadoff double to Adam Frazier in the fifth. Francisco Cervelli, who hit an RBI double with two out in the third, hit a grounder off reliever Brandon Kintzler to score Frazier in the fifth.
The Cubs missed a chance to take an early lead in the first as Kyle Schwarber couldn’t hold up his checked swing with runners at first and third to end the first.
He was to be followed by Ivan Nova and 14-game winner Trevor Williams for the remainder of this four-game series.