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

Stallings HR in 9th, Pirates slow Cubs’ drive in NL Central
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is mobbed by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk off home run to give the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 22, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — 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.

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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.

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It was Stallings' third home run of the season.

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