Stallings HR in 9th, Pirates slow Cubs’ drive in NL Central


By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates slowed the Chicago Cubs’ bid to win the NL Central with a 3-2 victory. The Cubs began the day with a 4 ½-game lead over St. Louis and Cincinnati in the division standings and a magic number of four to clinch the title. Stallings connected with one out off Andrew Chafin to help the Pirates ended their five-game losing streak and win for the just second time in 15 games. It was Stallings’ third home run of the season.