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Game Thread: Round Two- Cubbies vs. Bucs

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Another matinee for Pittsburgh and Chicago as the Bucs look to even the series against the National League Central-leading Cubs. The Pirates made things exciting when Starling Marte hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth to tie the game. The Cubs managed one more run and stole back the lead for good en route to a 4-3 win.

Jon Lester will duel with Jordan Lyles this afternoon. Lyles was beaten up (7 ER, 10 hits) by the Cubbies in his last start on July 4th. Lester had to leave in the second inning the last time he faced the Buccos due to an injury. Lester is hard to beat at home as demonstrated by his 5-2 record in Wrigley.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:20 EST on ATT SportsNet- PIT. The game is also free to view today on MLB.TV


1 Kevin Newman 2B

2 Bryan Reynolds LF

3 Starling Marte CF

4 Josh Bell 1B

5 Melky Cabrera RF

6 Jose Osuna 3B

7 Jung Ho Kang SS

8 Elias Diaz C

9 Jordan Lyles RHP



1 Kyle Schwarber LF

2 Javier Baez SS

3 Kris Bryant 3B

4 Anthony Rizzo 1B

5 Willson Contreras C

6 Jason Heyward RF

7 Addison Russell 2B

8 Albert Almora Jr. CF

9 Jon Lester LHP