CHICAGO — Ryan Doumit went 4 for 4 with four RBI on Wednesday night, powering the Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 8-2. The Pirates also won the day’s first game, 4-0, giving them their first doubleheader sweep at Wrigley Field since June 20, 1983.
“I can’t remember the last time we won at Wrigley Field, let alone two games in one day,” Doumit said.
The last time the Pirates won both ends of a twinbill, home or away, was Sept. 19, 2004, against the New York Mets at PNC Park. The Pirates hadn’t swept a road doubleheader since Sept. 15, 1996, at San Francisco.
Jeff Karstens (4-5) worked five solid innings in a spot start for the victory. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits and struck out one.
“I think he’s back on track,” manager John Russell said. “He actually gave us more than we thought we were going to get tonight. He was very efficient; I think that’s why he was able to go deep.”
Karstens needed only 61 pitches (44 strikes) to get through five innings.
Relievers Donnie Veal, Steven Jackson, Jesse Chavez and Virgil Vasquez combined for four scoreless innings.
Lastings Milledge’s RBI single in the first inning gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. They tacked on three runs in the third against Carlos Zambrano (9-7). Doumit had a two-run double and Brandon Moss an RBI single.
In the ninth, Doumit crushed his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot to right off Carlos Marmol. That gave Doumit his third career four-RBI game and his fifth four-hit game.
“It’s been a trying year, not only for me personally but for the team as well,” Doumit said. “Just to get some piece of mind, to finish strong, is good. Unfortunately, it’s taken me all the way to September to kind of find my swing. But it will carry over.”