PITTSBURGH — Newly promoted Oneil Cruz drove in four runs and Bligh Madris got three hits in his major league debut, sparking the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs.
Both rookies were called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day.
Cruz, considered Pittsburgh’s top prospect, hit a three-run double to deep center field in the third inning.
The 6-foot-7 Cruz also hit an RBI single as the Pirates set a season high for runs.
He started the final two games of last season when he became the tallest shortstop in major league history.
Madris hit a two-run single in the second inning in his first at-bat the majors.
Madris became the first Pirates player to have a three-hit game in his debut since Jason Kendall in 1996.
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