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Wait what? Bizarre sequence helps Cubs top Pirates 5-3

The Chicago Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3.
Credit: AP
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Will Craig, right, tosses the ball to catcher Michael Perez, left, after Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) hit a fielder's choice third to first and was caught in a rundown between home and first during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 27, 2021. Cub's Willson Contreras, top center, scores on the play and Báez reached second on an errant throw by Pirates' catcher Perez. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs took advantage of some heads-up baserunning by Javier Baez to edge the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3. 

Baez got in a rundown between home and first after a routine grounder, buying time for Willson Contreras to score all the way from second. 

Baez reached second on the play then scored on a single by Ian Happ to help the Cubs win for the ninth time in 11 games. 

Gregory Polanco, Bryan Reynolds and Michael Perez homered for Pittsburgh. 

The Pirates have dropped 8 of 9.

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