Steele cruises, Cubs send Pirates to 100th loss in 9-0 rout


Pittsburgh Pirates’ Colin Moran, left, leaves the field as Chicago Cubs shortstop Sergio Alcantara, center left, and second baseman Trent Giambrone, center right, celebrate a win in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Philip G. Pavely)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) – Justin Steele breezed through seven shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs scored six runs in the second inning Thursday night, beating Pittsburgh 9-0 and sending the Pirates to their 100th loss of the season.

Steele (4-4) struck out seven and gave up four hits on 76 pitches.

Pittsburgh joined Texas, Baltimore and Arizona, giving the MLB four 100-loss teams for the third time, after 2002 and 2019.

Sergio Alcántara had three RBIs, two coming on a homer off Miguel Yajure (0-2) in the second.

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