Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams leaves a baseball game in the fourth inning after giving up three runs to the Chicago Cubs, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Chicago. (AP)

Cubs beat Pirates 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) — No matter how easy they made it look a year ago, Anthony Rizzo insisted the Chicago Cubs in no way expected to…

Pittsburgh Pirates' Tony Watson in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP)

Pirates win series against Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Most of Chad Kuhl’s family and friends sat in the family section at Citizens Bank Park Thursday night, but his brother-in-law scored…

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer (10) is greeted by Gregory Polanco (25) after driving him in with a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP)

Belt leads Giants over Pirates 5-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The San Francisco Giants’ recent run of success hasn’t surprised Brandon Belt. Belt also wasn’t surprised when he helped continue that success…