Newly promoted Cruz, Madris spark Pirates, rout Cubs 12-1

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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