Cubs rout Pirates 12-2 for 100th win behind Baez's six RBIs

Jaso batted sixth in this game and made his first place appearance when he led off the second inning with a single off Chicago starter Jake Arrieta.

The veteran pitcher's stuff at the moment, however, is not.

Sure, the money was good.

"I had some pretty good offers from other people and I chose this one for a reason", Lackey said.

John Jaso hit for the cycle and drove in five runs to lead the Pirates to an 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh.

In his most recent start, Taillon gave up three runs in five innings but didn't get the decision as the Pirates came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday. The Cubs defeated Pittsburgh 6-4 Tuesday and have won seven of eight. Lackey (11-8) worked around five hits and three walks to win his last regular season start.

It was his 14th homer and he now has 55 RBI on the season.

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"Kyle doing what he's doing, obviously, we did not anticipate all of this", manager Joe Maddon said of the right-hander, who opened the season as the Cubs' fifth starter and will finish as their Game 2 playoff starter. "He's going into the postseason well rested". "After the game, you've got guys in here all over me, telling me about it". "When you start the year, you think of 90".

"It didn't really dawn on me until I was standing on the base", he said. I'm (mad) about that. but moving forward, everything is fine. I don't need to see somebody up there.

Felix Pena recorded the final two outs for his first career save after Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run single off Justin Grimm to get the Pirates within two.

"It's been a big difference for us that he's been able to do what he's done this year, no question", Maddon said. "There's a lot to be happy with".

CUBS REWARD THEO: The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases for Coghlan. Meanwhile, Javier Baez set a career high with six RBIs, four coming on a grand slam in the fourth inning. He sped to third for his second triple since rejoining Chicago in a trade with Oakland in June.

"I had a few chances my last few starts to get some wins, but sometimes those things happen", Shields said. "No excuses. Just unacceptable".

That player is third baseman Kris Bryant, who went over the century mark in RBI for the season with a two run homer against the Pirates. The Pirates left eight runners on base, five of them in scoring position. Cubs OF Jorge Soler (right side tightness) might be ready to play by this weekend in Cincinnati. "Side bothers him, nothing awful, nothing to be highly concerned about", Maddon said. LF Starling Marte (back) was not in the lineup for the 19th time in 20 games. Marte has made just one start since September 5 while dealing with back spasms.

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