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Báez's single in 11th gives Cubs 2-1 win over Pirates

The loss dropped the Pirates to 2-7 on the season.
Credit: AP
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, right, hits a winning single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the 11th, scoring David Bote from third base and giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Bote, who made the last out in the 10th, started the inning on second base as mandated by Major League Baseball’s extra-inning rule for the pandemic-shortened season.

He advanced to third on a deep fly to right by Anthony Rizzo and jogged home on Baez’s first career game-ending hit against Cody Ponce. Jeremy Jeffress worked a scoreless 11th for the win. 

The game was delayed 64 minutes by rain before the bottom of the ninth. 

The Pirates return to action on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. when they take on the Minnesota Twins.