Travis Snider's grand slam lifts Pirates to 5-4 win

Justin K. Aller

Travis Snider's grand slam helped the Pirates come from behind to beat the Cubs, 5-4.

The Cubs scored three off Wandy Rodriguez (who otherwise pitched well) in the second, thanks to a series of singles followed by a two-run double by pitcher Matt Garza.

Garza pitched five shutout innings, but it was his season debut, so the Cubs pulled him after 82 pitches. That worked out brilliantly for the Pirates. Hector Rondon entered and promptly loaded the bases, leaving with one out. James Russell then walked Pedro Alvarez to bring in a run. Then, after Gaby Sanchez flied out, Travis Snider pinch-hit for Clint Barmes, and homered just over the fence in right-center. Give Clint Hurdle credit for pinch-hitting for Barmes there -- that's a great move.

The Pirates managed to load the bases yet again that inning, but Andrew McCutchen lined out to end it.

Jason Grilli allowed a run in the ninth when Darwin Barney tripled and came home on a single by Starlin Castro, but the Bucs escaped with a 5-4 win.

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