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Cubs’ NL Central lead cut to a half-game after loss to Pirates; Kris Bryant leaves game with injury

Rain that caused the start of Tuesday night’s game between the Cubs and Pirates at Wrigley Field to be delayed by 55 minutes only pushed back the misery for the Cubs.

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.

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