On Friday, the Chicago Cubs were able to even out their record with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game, which took place in the early afternoon at Wrigley Field, featured Chicago scoring three runs in the fourth inning and never looking back. Kris Bryant led the way for the Cubs thanks to a four-hit outing today. Here's the latest on today's Cubs vs. Pirates game, a standings update, and what's coming up next for these two MLB teams.

Bryant leads Cubs

Chicago Cubs' third basemen Kris Bryant was the star of the game for the home team as he had four hits and four RBI on the day. That included a triple and two home runs for the Cubs' All-Star.

Bryant's first home run came in the sixth inning with no runners on. He'd hit a second in the eighth inning with a man on base. That gave Bryant 18 home runs for his season. He also barely missed hitting for the cycle today. Teammate Anthony Rizzo had the first home run for the Cubs in the fourth inning with a man on, which led to the team's early lead.

The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to score just one run in the seventh inning, thanks to Josh Bell scoring Andrew McCutchen. By then it was a 4-1 lead in favor of Chicago. Pittsburgh was unable to find a way to come back and was held to six hits for the day.

McCutchen tallied half of those, hitting .295 for the game.

Pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. got the win for Chicago, moving to 3-1 for his season record. On the losing side was Trevor Williams who is now 3-4 for his season with the Pirates.

Standings & what's next

With the victory, the Chicago Cubs moved to .500 with a record of 43-43 for their season just ahead of the MLB All-Star break.

They're currently sitting at second in the National League's Central division. The Cubs have gone 4-6 over their last 10 and still trail Milwaukee by four games for the division lead. Next up, they'll take on the Pirates for the second game of their series on Saturday beginning at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Pittsburgh Pirates drop to 40-47 overall and 19-25 away this season. They're now fourth overall in the National League Central division. Pittsburgh who is 3-1 over their past four games will get another crack at the Cubs on Saturday with the 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time game at Wrigley.

The two teams will get a bit of a break in the coming week as the 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes place in Miami, Florida. From the two teams, a few players will be a part of the NL roster. The Chicago Cubs' pitcher Wade Davis is among the bullpen for the NL, while Pittsburgh second basement Josh Harrison will be a part of the NL reserves.

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