PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Rookie
had the best game of his brief career, but it was not enough to stop the surging
Bay drove in eight runs, but the Cubs overcame three errors and a shaky outing from starter
and pulled out a 10-9 triumph over the
in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader.
Acquired in last month's deal with San Diego for outfielder
, Bay became the first Pirate to drive in eight runs since
accomplished the feat at Brooklyn on June 25, 1950. His eight RBI were one shy of the team record set by
in the second game of a doubleheader on May 30, 1939 vs. St. Louis.
The 24-year-old left fielder, who entered with just 55 major league at-bats, had a grand slam in the second, a two-run homer in the fourth and a game-tying two-run double in the fifth.
Bay's big effort came off Zambrano, who was roughed up for nine runs - six earned - and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Zambrano has won seven of his last nine decisions and had allowed just three homers in 83 2/3 innings since the All-Star break before facing Bay.
"Some days it seems everything is a little bit slower," Bay said. "Your swing is where you want it to be. We were going against a good pitcher and a great team. I just went up there with a plan."
"Bay had as fine a day as I've seen in a long time," Cubs manager
said. "I didn't think Zambrano would throw the fastball to Bay a third time. That's why I let him pitch to him."
But Chicago's offense picked up the slack for the righthander as former Pirates
combined for five RBI in a six-run third. Ramirez hit a two-run homer and Lofton had a base-loaded triple to right-center field.
The Cubs won for the sixth time in seven games and got within one-half game of the
in the National League Central Division.
"We're winning," Baker said. "But I just wish they weren't so close. One thing about the Pirates is they can hit. They've got a bunch of young guys that can hit the fastball."
In addition to big days at the plate from Ramirez and Lofton, Chicago's bullpen also stepped up as five relievers combined to allow one hit in 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
(2-1) pitched a scoreless innings for the victory and
retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to secure his 31st save in 35 opportunities.
Veres came on for Zambrano with Bay on second representing the go-ahead run. But he retired
to end the fifth and Chicago went ahead for good in the sixth after
with a sacrifice fly off reliever
Veres got the first two outs before back-to-back errors by right fielder
and second baseman Mark Grudzielank put runners on first and third. Baker brought in lefthander
to face former Cub
and retired him on a popout to second.
breezed through the seventh and got the first out of the eighth.
surrendered a single to
, but retired
before Baker turned the game over to
Borowski retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to secure his 31st save in 35 opportunities and Chicago's 14th win in 18 games in September.
Zambrano's struggles began in the second as he allowed back-to-back singles to Stairs and
. He walked
and Bay followed by sending a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats.
"Bay is a nice little player," Pittsburgh manager
said. "We're going to have some growing pains with him. I've said it before, he's going to be a fine major league player. He certainly has some power."
, was worse, allowing nine runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings. He completely fell apart with out in the third as Ramirez hit his 24th homer and Lofton tripled.
But in the fourth, Bay sent Zambrano's first pitch to left field to bring the Pirates within 9-6. Zambrano escaped the rest of the inning unscathed, but couldn't get out of the fifth as first baseman
misplayed Mackowiak's grounder for an error, keeping the inning alive.
After Simon's error loaded the bases, Zambrano uncorked a wild pitch and Bay tied the game with a double to center.
"Randall has been playing well, but he just didn't get a good handle on the ball," Baker said. "For Zambrano it was a case of poor location and poor pitch selection."