While the attention was on Jon Lester's quest for a second no-hitter, Gerrit Cole kept quietly matching zeros with him.
After the Pirates' bats finally solved Lester and the Pittsburgh ace delivered a much-needed win, Cole had a message for the major league-leading Cubs, too.
Starling Marte singled with one out in the seventh inning to end Lester's no-hit bid, then scored on Jung Ho Kang's double to put Cole and Pittsburgh ahead to stay in a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Sunday.
Kang added an eighth-inning home run to help the Pirates beat the Cubs for the first time in six tries this season.
"It was just an opportunity to try to salvage the series,"...