Pittsburgh vs Chicago Final: 3-1 - Recap
Chicago dropped a 3-1 decision at PNC Park on Thursday as Pittsburgh legged out a win behind winning pitcher Jeff Locke.
Pittsburgh was favored by -172 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 7.5.
Jeff Locke earned the victory for the Pirates, throwing 7 innings of work, striking out 5, walking 1, and allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run. That effort was supported by 1 RBI from Jordy Mercer in the win.
Chicago's starting pitcher Chris Rusin worked 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 2 in the loss. They got 1 hit from Starlin Castro in a losing cause.
The battle of the bats favored Pittsburgh as they had 6 hits, while Chicago only had 4.
Mark Melancon pitched the final 1 inning for the save. He struck out 1 and allowed 1 hit in his outing.