Oneil Cruz RBIs four in his return to the Major Leagues

Newly promoted Oneil Cruz drove in four runs and Bligh Madrid piled up three hits in his major league appearance to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-1 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Both rookies were called up from Triple-A Indianapolis hours before the game and produced immediately.

Cruz, considered the Pirates’ top prospect, hit a three-run double to center field to cap a four-run third-inning drive that increased Pittsburgh’s lead to 7-0. It was his third game in the Major Leagues.

The 6-foot-1 Cruz also had an RBI single during a five-run seventh inning.

Madris hit a two-run single in the second inning, his first major league at-bat. He became the first Pirates player to have three hits in his debut since Jason Kendall in 1996.

JT Brubaker (1-7) pitched six shutout innings for his first win since Aug. 24, a span of 14 starts.

The Pirates took advantage of five walks from rookie Caleb Kilian (0-2), who allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kilian made the third start of his career.

For the Pirates, Dominican Oneil Cruz 5-2 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

For the Cubs, Venezuelans Rafael Ortega 4-2; Willson Contreras 3-0. Puerto Rican Nelson Velázquez 1-1. Dominican Jonathan Villar 4-1. The Mexican Alfonso Rivas 4-1 with a run scored.

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