MLB wrap: Pirates bats awaken to avoid Cubs sweep

The Pirates are trying to stay afloat in the tough National League Central, and they were bolstered by a 7-1 win over the Cubs Sunday at Wrigley Field.
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Pittsburgh needed the win to avoid a sweep. Ivan Nova led the Andrew Wiggins Jersey way by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight batters in his first appearance since going on the DL May 28 with a sprained finger. He improved to 3-5.

Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run, and Gregory Polanco added a bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning, part of a five-run outburst for Pittsburgh.

Kyle Hendricks pitched well for the Cubs, allowing just one run in five innings, but Chicago’s bullpen got torched for six runs.

Cubs (37-25) at Brewers (39-26) 8:10 p.m. ET — Any matchup between NL Central contenders will be intriguing this summer, with so much riding on every game. Improving Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.20) will lead the Cubs on the road, while Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.83) looks to continue his impressive season.

Washington contacted the Marlins about a potential trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to a report by FanRag Sports. The Marlins were looking for a haul in exchange for Realmuto and the Nationals weren’t willing to meet their demands, the report says.

Realmuto is hitting.311 with six home runs and 19 RBIs so far this season. He has batted.283 in his five-year career.

Before Garçon went down with a neck injury last season, he continued to be the reliable, savvy route-runner he was in Washington. San Francisco expects him remain its go-to guy despite his age (32 in August) Womens Kyle Long Jersey and long recovery. Marquise Goodwin surprised many by being much more than a speedy deep threat; he clicked with Garoppolo and got a contract extension worthy of a high-impact No. 2 receiver.