Recap: Chicago WSox vs. Pittsburgh

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

 

Cole (11-2) became the first 11-game winner in the majors as he was charged with two runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts for the Pirates, who have won a season-high eight straight games.

 

Josh Harrison, Jung-Ho Kang and Gregory Polanco drove in a run each in the victory.

 

Geovany Soto hit a solo homer while Melky Cabrera also drove in a run for the White Sox, who are on a season-worst seven-game losing streak. Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on 10 hits over seven innings, while Jake Petricka (1-2) was handed the loss.

 

The Pirates struck in the fourth inning to take the lead. Harrison singled to start and moved to second on a Starling Marte groundout. Andrew McCutchen then singled to put runners on the corners, and Kang followed with a single for a 1-0 lead. Pedro Alvarez then hit into a double play to end the frame.

 

Chicago answered in the home half as Jose Abreu doubled to lead off, moved to third on an Adam LaRoche fly out and came home on Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

 

Pittsburgh went back in front in the fifth when Harrison lofted a fly ball to center with the bases loaded to score Jordy Mercer for a 2-1 advantage.

 

Soto tied the game once again in the seventh when he hit his fourth homer of the season, but the Pirates went back on top in the eighth.

 

Singles from Kang and Alvarez left runners at the corners and Polanco's groundout scored Kang for a 3-2 advantage.

 

Sean Rodriguez tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Mark Melancon did the same in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season.

 

Melancon is tied with Minnesota's Glen Perkins for the MLB-lead in saves ... The Pirates stranded 10 men on base as the team was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... Pittsburgh plays three games in Washington starting Friday ... Chicago hosts Texas for three games beginning Friday.

 

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