The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-1 Thursday afternoon at PNC Park. Chris Archer earned the win for the Bucs while Felipe Vazquez picked up his 15th save of the year.
Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco had home runs while Josh Bell had three doubles and two more RBI.
Injured starting pitcher Trevor Williams completed a successful bullpen session this week, as he works his way back from a side strain. Williams is expected to throw a simulated game this weekend – and could do a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis next week.
The Chicago Cubs have signed free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel to a three-year $43 million contract. Kimbrel had 42 saves in 47 chances last season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.