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18/03/2019

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PITTSBURGH -- Travis Snider took a pregame pep talk from his manager to heart. Air Jordans Uk Sale . Relaxed and with a clear head, he delivered a crucial sixth-inning home run for the second time in five games. Snider hit a pinch-hit grand slam to help the Pittsburgh Pirates spoil a strong return to the mound for Matt Garza with a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Garza allowed one hit over five shutout innings in his first outing in 10 months, but the Pirates pounced on a Chicago bullpen that is 10th in the National League in ERA by sending 11 men to the plate in the sixth. Snider, who homered for the first time in nine months in a win over Milwaukee on Thursday, hit his first career home run with the bases loaded. It was the first Pirates pinch-hit grand slam in five years. "Tonight was probably the most calm pinch-hit at bat Ive had," Snider said. "(Manager Clint) Hurdle gave a good speech before the game just talking about situations that come up, whether its in the sixth inning, the first inning, eighth inning, ninth inning -- the games the game. And over-thinking those situations isnt going to make it any easier for you if you dont get a hit. So I just tried to go up there and be patient. "I got ahead of the count and was able to sit back on a changeup." Wandy Rodriguez (5-2) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings for the Pirates, who have won nine of 11. Darwin Barney went 4 for 4 for the Cubs, who have lost three of four. Sniders second homer was the first pinch-hit grand slam by a Pirates player since Jason Michaels on June 2, 2008, at St. Louis. It came off of Shawn Camp after Hector Rondon and James Russell (1-1) had combined to load the bases. Pedro Alvarez walked to drive in a run. The Pirates did not have a hit against Garza until Clint Barmes singled to right with one out in the fifth. Garza had been sidelined since July 21 because of a stress reaction in his right elbow and, later, a strained upper back muscle. "He was really good," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He had a really good slider. His command, for it being his first time back, was outstanding. Even when he missed, he didnt miss by much. His velocity was good, too, consistently at 93-94. He was just outstanding." Limited by a pitch count, Garza threw 82 pitches. "I felt great out there," Garza said. "I had some butterflies and the first couple of innings flew by. I had to kind of stop myself at one point and just slow down but it was fun. It was a long, long time and its nice to not only come back but pitch well. You dont want to spend that much time working to get back and then pitch poorly." Or, apparently, to hit poorly either. The lone inning in which Rodriguez allowed a runner to progress past first base was the second, when Barney had an RBI single and Garza hit a two-run double. Cubs pitchers have 13 RBIs in May -- the most for the franchise in any month since September 1971. They also have a major league leading six doubles. But after that, Rodriguez retired 13 of the final 15 he faced. "At the beginning, I didnt have good stuff," Rodriguez said through a translator. "Then I started using the breaking ball and hitting spots and I was successful at that." Justin Wilson worked around two hits in the seventh and Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth. The Cubs scored once in the ninth on a single by Starlin Castro, but Jason Grilli stuck out Anthony Rizzo swinging with two on to end the game and earn his majors-leading 18th save. Rizzo finished 0 for 5. After sitting out Pittsburghs previous game Sunday due to knee soreness, Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 4. He made two of the Pirates three outs during the sixth, leaving the bases loaded to end the inning. NOTES: To make room for Garza on the roster, the Cubs earlier Tuesday designated RHP Michael Bowden for assignment. Also Tuesday, Chicago claimed RHP Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned him to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. ... The Pirates reinstated RHP Jose Contreras from the bereavement list before the game and returned RHP Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis. ... LHP Francisco Liriano will make his third start for the Pirates when the series continues Wednesday. He has faced the Cubs once in his eight-year career. RHP Jeff Samardzija, who has a 0.92 ERA in 39 career innings vs. Pittsburgh, starts for the Cubs. Discount Jordans Uk . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Wholesale Air Jordans Free Shipping . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. http://www.discountairjordanuk.com/ . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. CHICAGO -- John Lackey and Aroldis Chapman outperformed Chris Sale in his return from a jersey-trashing suspension.The Cubs did just enough against the White Sox ace in his six innings and rode their own pitching to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Chicagos rivalry series.Chapman earned his first save for the Cubs since being acquired from the Yankees, leaving the crowd buzzing by consistently throwing 102 mph.It was fun to be in the dugout and check that out, Lackey said of Chapmans sizzling fastballs. Its definitely something you want to tune in to see for sure.Sale faced dozens of reporters after the game, heaping praise on his teammates, sidestepping questions about the jersey-tearing and expressing gratitude to be back.It felt like I was out on an island, really, Sale said of his suspension.Sale (14-4) served a five-day ban for tearing up 1976-style uniforms he didnt want to wear before his previous scheduled start. He had command issues, but worked out of trouble while allowing two runs and six hits.Lackey (8-7) allowed one run in six innings for his first win since June 8. Chapman, in his second appearance since being acquired from the Yankees, struck out two and consistently hit 102 mph in his first save for his new team.It makes me feel proud when I go out there and the fans are cheering, Chapman said through catcher Miguel Montero, who served as his translator.Kris Bryant, who homered against Sale in the All-Star Game, hit an RBI double off the center field wall in the first inning off Sale.Ben Zobrist added an RBI single in the third and doubled and scored in the eighth as the Cubs earned a split of the four-game series and spoiled Sales night.The lefty was scratched from his start Saturday, sent home and then suspended for cutting up a number of collared throwback jerseys the team was supposed to wear for the game. Sale said they were uncomfortable and became enraged when the team wouldnt switch them out, feeling the team was putting marketing over winning.Were here to win games and from this point forward I think thats our main focus, Sale said. I hope it is, too.The incident provided plenty of fodder for heckling Cubs fans at Wrigley Field. The Cubs tweeted out their lineup before the game with the line Throwback Thursday, anyone?Several teammates hugged a smilling Sale when he arrived in the clubhouse before the game. Air Jordan Uk Website. .I knew who they were before this, but I found out who they really are and what theyre about, he said.Sale, pitching for the first time since July 18, didnt seem fazed by the controversy in his 111-pitch outing. He also improved to 2 for 16 at the plate when his slow grounder up the middle hit second base and bounded away for a single.The White Sox scored in the first when Melky Cabrera doubled and Tim Anderson ran through third base coach Joe McEwings stop sign, stopped, then continued home and beat an offline throw.Tyler Saladino doubled off former closer Hector Rondon in the eighth. But Chapman came in with two outs and struck out Cabrera on a 102 mph fastball.Big moment there, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Chapman struck out Todd Frazier and got two groundouts in the ninth as the crowd buzzed as the radar gun reading flashed on the scoreboard.After a rough introductory news conference when he struggled to answer questions about a previous domestic violence case, Chapman said he was ecstatic about the environment.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: Manager Robin Ventura said he hopes LHP Carlos Rodon (wrist) will be able to start Sunday at Minnesota.Cubs: With OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) close to returning, the team will have a difficult roster decision. Going back and forth on a lot of different thoughts and ideas, Maddon said.HEYWARD SITSJason Heyward, who signed a $184 million contract with the Cubs in the offseason, didnt start as Maddon went with a righty-heavy lineup vs. Sale. Heyward, hampered by a sore wrist, is hitting .229 with four homers and has a .315 slugging percentage.Man, I dont know that anybody could handle it better than the way he has, Maddon said of his struggles. I really believe were due for a nice run out of him shortly.UP NEXTWhite Sox: DH Justin Morneau, who won the AL MVP with the Twins in 2006, returns to Minnesota on Friday. LHP Jose Quintana (8-8, 2.97 ERA) faces Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.40).Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (10-4, 3.09 ERA) starts Friday at Wrigley Field to begin a three-game interleague series with Seattle and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 3.96). ' ' '