Cubs Vs. Pirates: Cubs Complete Sweep Of Pirates; Win 4-2

The Pirates were swept by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Game Recap: Pirates Swept By Cubs, 4-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't capitalize as they were swept by the Chicago Cubs 4-2.

Brock Holt opened the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Carlos Marmol walked Starling Marte, but got Andrew McCutchen to pop out to second base. Marmol then walked Garrett Jones, but settled down from there. Gaby Sanchez went down swinging and Pedro Alvarez flied out to left to end the game.

Jeff Locke pitched a strong game, going six innings and striking out six. He gave up two solo home runs by Josh Vitters and Anthony Recker.

The Pirates got on the board quickly with a McCutchen solo home run in the first inning. Brock Holt scored after a balk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that would be all the offense for the Pirates.

The Pirates were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and they left 13 batters on base.

With the loss, the Pirates are now two games out of the wild card race.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Preview: Bucs Try To Salvage Series After Awful Weekend Performance

After two losses in two games to the 53-86 Cubs, the Pirates -- who still have a decent shot at a playoff berth despite a month of poor results -- will get a final shot against the Cubs on Sunday.

Chris Rusin will take on Jeff Locke in a contest that will begin at 1:35. We've seen in the past that a weak opposing pitcher is no guarantee of success when the Bucs are struggling offensively, but Rusin at least gives the Pirates' floundering offense a chance. The 25-year-old spent most of the season at Class AAA Iowa, where he accumulated a none-too-impressive total of 94 strikeouts and 53 walks in 140.1 innings.

Here's the Pirates' lineup:

Brock Holt 2B
Starling Marte LF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Michael McKenry C
Clint Barmes SS
Jeff Locke P

The Pirates, meanwhile, will also have Chad Qualls at their disposal, as the reliever returns from the disabled list. Who knows why they'd want him, though.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Final Score: Pittsburgh Loses Again 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates need to turn things around quickly after losing for the second consecutive night to the Chicago Cubs, this time by a score of 4-3 at PNC Park.

James McDonald didn't pitch terribly, but couldn't give the Pirates what they needed. McDonald only went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks.

Pittsburgh jumped on the board in the first and staked McDonald to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Pedro Alvarez single that plated two runs.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, McDonald couldn't make it stand up for long. The hurler surrendered a solo shot to Alfonso Soriano in the second before Luis Valbuena knotted the game in the third on a run-scoring double play.

The contest went into the eighth tied at three when David DeJesus singled in the eventual winning run.

Pittsburgh was only able to amass four hits, with two of them off Alvarez's bat.

Jeff Samardzija was excellent for the Cubs in his complete-game win, striking out nine while earning his ninth victory of the year.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Vs. Chicago Cubs: Preview, TV Schedule And More

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to keep pace in the National League's Wild Card hunt, as they host one of the worst teams in baseball on Saturday evening.

The Chicago Cubs spanked the Bucs, 12-2, at PNC Park, but Pittsburgh's seven errors made the loss seem even uglier. On Saturday, Clint Hurdle's team will look to turn the page.

James McDonald will aim for his 13th win of the season, as he hopes to rebound from a disastrous start, in which he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in two and two thirds innings of work on Sept. 2 against Milwaukee. For the season, McDonald carries a 3.90 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and has held batters to a .225 batting average against.

Pittsburgh will face off against Jeff Samardzija, who is 8-13 for the Cubs. Samardzija has struck out 171 in about 166 innings of work, and has a 3.91 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Televised coverage can be found on ROOT Sports.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs: Pittsburgh Crushed 12-2 In Error-Filled Game Against Chicago

The Pirates were throttled 12-2 in the opening game of a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh's offense was far worse than the defense Friday night.

The Pirates somehow combined for seven errors in the contest. Rookies Starling Marte and Brock Holt both had two each and Gaby Sanchez, Rod Barajas and Josh Harrison all added one. If that weren't enough, manager Clint Hurdle was also ejected from the game in the sixth inning for arguing a call.

Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett was roughed up for seven runs through five innings, but only three of those were earned due to the errors. On the other side, Chicago starter Travis Wood was nearly perfect, giving up only a single hit through six innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

The Pirates will look to bounce back on the field and at the plate Saturday.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs: Pittsburgh Breaks Up No-Hitter In Fifth Inning

Pittsburgh is continuing their chase for a wild card spot, but at the beginning of a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs, they're off to a rocky start.

The Pirates are heading into the sixth inning of their contest against the Cubs and a Pedro Alvarez double just broke up a no-hitter. They trail 4-0 in the game and haven't looked real strong in the field, either, with three errors already to their credit. Rookie Starling Marte has two of those on a bobble and a throw. Brock Holt, another rookie for the club, has the other.

Chicago starter Travis Wood is the one keeping the Pirates off-balance. Into the fifth inning, he's given up only the one hit and has five strikeouts with only a single walk. Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett has looked strong so far, giving up two earned runs through five innings.

Clearly the Bucs have a lot of work to do offensively to get back into the game.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates: Starling Marte Returns From Disabled List

Starling Marte is expected to come off the disabled list on Friday.

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