Fogg surrendered three hits over seven innings and the
erupted for nine runs in the eighth en route to a 10-0 blanking of the Cubs.
Activated from the disabled list prior to the game, Fogg (2-2) gave up just three singles, walked three and struck out five. The righthander threw 53 of 85 pitches for strikes before departing.
Ironically, Fogg's last start came against the Cubs on April 20 He left that outing after one inning with a strained oblique muscle in his left side.
"I was surprised I had as good as control as I had after being out for a month," Fogg said. "But the conditions were good for me too. It was a good pitchers day, the wind was blowing in. I was surprised I had as much control as I had."
"When you just give up one run in seven innings, your team should have a heck of a chance to win the ballgame," Cubs manager
said. "But Fogg pitched a great game as well. Don't take anything away from him."
Fogg was able to outduel
(4-3), who gave up just one run and one hit in seven innings. The righthander struck out 10 but walked four and threw two wild pitches, one of which led to his only run.
After Wood departed, the Pirates broke open the game in the eighth against the Cubs' bullpen when they turned a 1-0 lead into the final margin.
In the eighth, the Pirates sent 14 batters to the plate, banged out five hits and were aided by four walks and a hit batsman against three pitchers.
Pirates center fielder
singled in the eighth inning, extending his hitting streak to 24 games. He is batting .395 (36-for-91) during the streak.
"You know I don't talk about hitting streaks," Lofton said. "I'll just say that this was a good win for us. We've struggled to score runs, so having a big inning like we did in the eighth, hopefully will be good for us, not just today, but help us take off in games in the future."
Wood's control got him in trouble in the fourth when the Pirates gave Fogg all the offense he needed.
Fogg was in control the entire way. After giving up singles in the first and third, he helped himself in each inning but inducing a double play.
In the fourth, the Cubs two runners on but Fogg retired
on a deep fly ball to left field, ending that threat.
Starting with Martinez, Fogg retired the last 10 batters he faced before departing.
With Wood out of the game, the Pirates got to the Cubs' bullpen in the eighth.
Fogg started things by drawing a walk against
and Lofton followed with a single to extend his hitting streak.
relieved and hit
with a pitch before walking Giles to force in a run.
"No excuses on the mound. I just pitched poorly," said Cruz, who allowed four runs and one hit without recording an out. "I was bad today. I feel bad that I didn't keep the team in the game."
"It's disappointing, but not for me, but the whole team," Wood added. That was a game we were going to have a chance to win at the end. The bullpen guys had a bad day. That happens."
Ramirez kept things going with an RBI single and
drew a walk to force in another run, making it 4-0.
came on, but he also struggled.
Ramirez is batting .455 (20-for-44) during a 10-game hitting streak. More impressively, he has 18 hits in his last 33 at-bats.
Alfonseca walked Kendall with the bases loaded but retired his next two batters. But
came through with a two-run single, and Lofton reached on an infield hit to reload the bases.
Reboulet followed with a two-run single and Giles also delivered an RBI base hit, giving the Pirates the final margin.