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Pirates Use 5-Run 7th To Rally Past Cubs

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Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out Emilio Bonifacio as he tries to steal third base in the first inning of Thursday's game. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out Emilio Bonifacio as he tries to steal third base in the first inning of Thursday’s game. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

The Pirates trailed 4-0 heading into the seventh, but two big drives changed things.

Pinch hitter Travis Snider cut the deficit in half with a two-run homer off Brian Schlitter. Alvarez put Pittsburgh ahead with his three-run drive against James Russell (0-1).

Chicago threatened in the bottom of the ninth before Grilli retired Bonifacio on a grounder to first. The Pirates took two of three at Wrigley Field.

That gave the Pirates their third series win — the most for them to start the season since the 1992 team took its first six.

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