Contreras hits 1st-inning slam, Cubs blank Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras led off with a double and became a rare leadoff hitter with a grand slam in the first inning as the Chicago Cubs took an eight-run lead and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Monday.

Contreras became the 11th hitter since 1901 with a first-inning slam, the first since Houston’s George Springer off Kansas City’s Edinson Vólquez on June 24, 2016. The slam was Contreras’ 100th career home run. , making him the third Cubs wide receiver to reach that mark along with Gabby Hartnett and Jody Davis. Contreras became the first Cub with two extra-base hits in one inning since Javier Báez on May 1, 2019.

Wade Miley (1-0) retired his first 14 batters before Michael Chavis singled to left field and ended a 13-inning hitless streak by Pittsburgh hitters. The Pirates had no hits in a 1-0 win over Cincinnati on Sunday and hadn’t had a hit since Rodolfo Castro’s seventh-inning single during Saturday’s 3-1 win.

Miley began the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and made his second start with Chicago after the Reds claimed him in November. He allowed only one runner in seven innings and struck out six while throwing 83 pitches.

Miley’s previous victory was on September 7, 2021 at Wrigley Field when she beat the Cubs as a member of the Reds.

Michael Rucker finished with two hits in relief as the Cubs won their third straight game.

Pittsburgh is hitting .223 this season.

Ian Happ had three hits, including a double in the first, and scored three runs as Chicago snapped a six-game home stretch and improved to 5-11 at Wrigley Field. Yan Gomes also had three hits, including a double.

Contreras led off with a double off Dylan Peters (3-2) and scored Chicago’s first run, then hit his fourth slam to left-center off Bryse Wilson on the first pitch of his second at-bat. Happ also had two hits in the first as the Cubs chased Peters, who faced seven batters and retired just two. All five Cubs who reached against Peters scored.

Wilson was charged with the next three Chicago runs.

The Cubs added an unearned run in the fourth when Happ scored from third on Gomes’ double-play grounder.

MOVE PIRATES

Pittsburgh claimed 30-year-old C Tyler Heineman from Toronto’s waivers. Heinman has appeared in 30 Major League games with three teams. The Pirates designated C Andrew Knapp for assignment.

COACHES ROOM

Cubs: SS Andrelton Simmons was in the starting lineup for the first time with the Cubs after being sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since spring training. The 11-year veteran made his Cubs debut as a ninth-inning defensive replacement at Arizona on Sunday after being activated from the disabled list. Simmons, who signed a one-year deal with Chicago in March, said his shoulder is “ok, but it can get better.” … Manager David Ross said RHP Marcus Stroman and David Robertson, both on the undesignated IL, continue to make progress, but there is no timeline for their return.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Pittsburgh RHP JT Brubaker (0-3, 5.34) starts Tuesday night.

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