The Pirates popped into Chicago for a single game, one of four such trips they make this year, and picked up a 6-4 win. They pounded out 15 hits, 13 of them off Tony Kaufmann, who shut them out the last time they saw him. Enough of those runners crossed the plate to make a winner of Vic Aldridge.
Things didn’t get off to a promising start. The Pirates got runners to second and third with nobody out in the top of the first, but failed to score. In the bottom half, the Cubs’ first batter, Sparky Adams, homered to left.
Starting in the third, the Pirates built up a 6-1 lead. They tied the game when Max Carey doubled and, with two out, Kiki Cuyler singled him home. In the top of the fourth, Pie Traynor led off with a single and Glenn Wright belted his 13th home run of the year to put the Bucs ahead, 3-1.
In the fifth, the Pirates got three runs. Cuyler, Clyde Barnhart and Traynor all hit one-out singles to pick up one. Wright hit a grounder to short and Barnhart got hung up between third and home, but he eluded the tag long enough for Traynor and Wright to reach second and third. Stuffy McInnis then singled to center to drive in Traynor and Wright scored when Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett dropped the throw home.
Aldridge had just one more patch of trouble. It came in the bottom of the fifth, when Chicago got two on with two out. Howard Freigau homered to left to cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-4. After that, though, the Cubs never got more than one runner on in an inning.
Aldridge improved to 6-4. Carey and Traynor each had four hits. New York got shut out by Brooklyn star Dazzy Vance, giving the Pirates a one-game lead in the NL. Tomorrow they start a 19-game home stand with the first of four games against Boston.