Bryant leads Cubs to 6-5 win against Pirates

Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. (5) celebrates with teammates Javier Baez (9), and John Lackey (41) after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Kris Bryant's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur doubled to left field with one out against Pirates reliever Tony Watson (1-3). Bryant, who had three hits and reached base four times, followed with his tiebreaking hit to put the Cubs back ahead.

Chicago avoided a series sweep ended its five game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost for just the second time in 11 games heading to the All-Star break.

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (2-2) gave up Andrew McCutchen's tying sacrifice fly in the seventh, Carl Edwards pitched a hitless eight and Hector Rondon got the last three outs for his 14th save.