Duffy’s pinch-hit lifts Cubs over Pirates

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Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, right, reacts after he scored past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael Perez (5) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Chicago.

Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras, right, reacts after he scored past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael Perez (5) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy had a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, reliever Keegan Thompson pitched three scoreless innings for his first major league victory and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 for their fifth straight win.

Willson Contreras and Eric Sogard each drove in a run for Chicago, which has won seven of nine to improve to 17-16.

Thompson allowed two hits and a walk following starter Trevor Williams, who gave up two runs and five hits in four innings.

Andrew Chafin worked a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his sixth save.

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