Cubs hit 3 homers in support of Hammel, top Pirates 9-4

Francisco Liriano (3-2) surrendered all three Cubs homers in 4 2/3 innings.

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CHICAGO (AP) – Addison Russell, David Ross and Kris Bryant homered, leading Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 Friday.

The Cubs stopped their first losing streak of the season – it was a two-game skid, both in a doubleheader sweep by San Diego on Wednesday. Chicago leads the majors with a 26-8 record.

Russell and Ross connected for three-run shots and Bryant hit a two-run drive. That was plenty for Hammel (5-0), who struck out a season-best eight over 6 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run and eight hits.

It marked the 42nd straight regular season game a Cubs starter went at least five innings, the team’s longest such streak since 1910.

Francisco Liriano (3-2) surrendered all three Cubs homers in 4 2/3 innings. Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth as the Pirates fell eight games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
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