Cubs-Pirates game ends in 1-1 tie after rain delay in 6th inning

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday played to the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 2005.

Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1. Because the game has no effect on postseason positioning and the teams aren't scheduled to play again this season, MLB decided the game would not be made up and officially declared it a tie after a delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes.

All stats from the game will count.

Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny, who was making his first career start, took to Twitter to comment on the oddity of the situation.

The Cubs, who have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, now have a record of 101-57-1. The Pirates' record is 78-80-1.

It's the first tie in the majors since June 30, 2005, when Houston and Cincinnati played seven innings before being halted by rain.

The last time the Cubs played to a tie was May 28, 1993, against the Montreal Expos. The Pirates played to a tie for the first time since Aug. 24, 1998, against the Cardinals.