Beliveau earns first win in bittersweet fashion

Beliveau earns first win in bittersweet fashion

CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Jeff Beliveau picked up his first Major League win on Sunday, but it was bittersweet.

Beliveau took over in the sixth inning after the Cubs had scored four runs in the fifth to close to within one run, 6-5, against the Pirates. There were two runners on and one out, and Beliveau served up Pedro Alvarez's second home run of the game, which gave the Pirates a 9-5 lead. Chicago rallied with five runs in the sixth and won, 13-9.

"I was kind of down after the game," Beliveau said on Monday. "I didn't do my job. I got the two guys out, and I walked [Clint Barmes]. I was a little bummed. I come into a close game and I have to get [Alvarez] out."

Beliveau didn't know he got the "W" until the game was over.

"[Alfonso Soriano] told me," Beliveau said. "He said, 'Hey, was that your first win?' I said, 'Oh, yeah, I guess I got the win.' Then I was frozen in the shower in beer. It made [the outing] a little easier to take."

His teammates gave Beliveau a celebratory beer shower. Beliveau can thank Anthony Rizzo, who hit his first Major League grand slam in the sixth for the go-ahead runs.

"I owe Rizzo dinner or something," Beliveau said.