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Kang Jung-ho drives in 3 runs for 1st MLB RBIs

All Headlines 11:59 April 22, 2015

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean infielder Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates drove in three runs for his first Major League Baseball (MLB) RBIs against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, local time.

Kang launched a two-out, bases-loaded double to deep right center in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 deadlock at home, PNC Park.

It was Kang's first double and also the first three RBIs of his career. Despite Kang's heroics, the Pirates lost 9-8 as the Cubs rallied with a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth.

Kang was 2-for-4 for the game, the first time he picked up more than one hit in a game. Kang is batting .176 for the season.

Kang made his second straight start at shortstop, with Jody Mercer, the regular shortstop who was hit by a pitch on Sunday, sitting out again.

Kang hit a single off Cubs' starter Travis Wood in his second time up in the fourth inning, but was promptly picked off at first base by the left-hander.

With men at the corners with two outs in the seventh, Jason Motte, the Cubs' third pitcher, intentionally walked Starling Marte to load the bases and deal with Kang instead.

At 0-1, Kang drove the second pitch fastball over center fielder Dexter Fowler to clear the bases and put the Pirates up 8-5.

It wasn't good enough for the Pirates. Wellington Castillo homered in the top of the eighth to make it 8-6 and Starlin Castro drove in a pair with a single in the ninth to tie the game at 8-8.

A one-out grounder by Castillo gave the visitors a 9-8 lead. Then Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

The two teams will go back at it for the third game of their four-game series on Wednesday.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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