Pirates Vs. Cubs: Bucs Get 7 Straight Hits Off Shawn Camp In 8th, Take Series

A.J. Burnett had his no-hit bid end after a questionable call with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Bucs' starter rebounded and slammed the door in a dazzling complete game shutout.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs: Michael McKenry's 3-Run Blast Caps Big 8th Inning As Pirates Win

The Pirates took two of three from a depleted Chicago Cubs team, riding seven straight hits against Shawn Camp in the eighth inning Wednesday to win 8-4.

The Cubs got on the board first with a solo shot by Starlin Castro, but the Pirates responded in the third with a solo homer of their own by another young "star," outfielder Starling Marte. They then followed with a run scored on a balk later that inning.

There wasn't any more scoring until the eighth inning, at which point the Pirates got seven straight hits. The third one of those was a two-run single by Garrett Jones, and the fifth one was a three-run homer by backup catcher Michael McKenry, who continued his remarkable season with his 10th jack of the year. The Bucs scored another run in the ninth on Jones' RBI double.

Joel Hanrahan came on in the ninth, despite the Pirates' 8-1 lead, because he hadn't pitched since July 27. He promptly gave up a double, and then a triple, and then finally a Welington Castillo three-run homer. The next batter, Luis Valbuena, singled to complete the reverse-cycle. But Hanrahan struck out three of the next four batters and ended the game with the Pirates still on top, 8-4.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Preview: Pittsburgh Hopes To Start August With A Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter August in a similar position as it was last season. The Pirates are currently three and a-half games back of the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the NL Central and they are tied with the Atlanta Braves in both wild card spots.

Coming off a one-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, the Pirates go for another victory as first baseman Gaby Sanchez and pitcher Chad Qualls, both acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday, will be joining the team at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

The Pirates will be sending pitcher Jeff Karstens (3-2, 3.88 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday night. In his last start on July 27 against the Houston Astros, Karstens went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits in a no decision. He struck out seven batters in the game as well as the Pirates won that game, 6-5.

The Chicago Cubs will be trying to rebound from that loss by sending Travis Wood (4-6, 4.98 to start. Wood has lost his last three starts, including his most recent start on July 27 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In that game, he pitched five innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits in the loss.

The game is scheduled for a 2:20 p.m. first pitch at Wrigley Field. Television coverage will be provided by Root Sports with radio coverage provided by 93.7 KDKA FM.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Recap: A.J. Burnett No-Hitter Broken Up In 8th, But Bucs Cruise To 5-0 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates rebounded from their blowout loss to the Cubs on Monday with a dazzling performance from starter A.J. Burnett in the second game of the series on Tuesday. Burnett carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning but had the bid broken up by Adrian Cardenas who came through with a two-out single to right. It was the only hiccup in an dominating performance from the Bucs' starter, who cruised to a complete game 5-0 victory.

As a member of the Florida Marlins, Burnett pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 2001 and he looked to be on his way to his second career no-no. But Burnett hit his speed bump in the bottom of the eighth, getting a little wild and hitting Darwin Barney in the head. It was a breaking ball that never came back over the plate and Barney ducked down into the pitch that caught him directly on the helmet.

Two batters later, Cardenas would break up the no-hit bid after a questionable call by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson. With the count at 2-2, Burnett painted the outside corner against Cardenas, the Cubs pinch-hitter who was just called up from Triple-A. But Nelson did not give Burnett the benefit of the doubt on the close call and forced the count full. On the next pitch, Cardenas would turn on a sinker and line it into right field to break up the no-hitter.

After the disappointing end to the no-hitter, Burnett bounced back to strike out David DeJesus and then quickly retire the side in the bottom of the ninth. He finished the game with eight strikeouts, two walks, and just the one hit. It was an impressive performance and just what the pitching staff needed after getting hammered at Wrigley on Monday night.

On offense, the Bucs struck early in the top of the first in a big way when Neil Walker took Casey Coleman deep for a grand slam. It was a 2-1 pitch that Walker deposited just over the ivy and into the first row of the right field bleachers. That's all Burnett would need but Walker's big night continued in the seventh when he knocked in newly-acquired Travis Snider on a sacrifice fly to left.

Snider had an impressive debut for the Bucs, going 1-for-4 from the dish, drawing a walk, and scoring two of the five Bucs' runs.

Jeff Karstens will try to clinch the series for the Bucs in the finale on Wednesday.

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A.J. Burnett Pitching No-Hitter Through 7 Innings Against Cubs

Just one night after the Cubs put nine runs on the board in one inning against the Bucs pitching staff, A.J. Burnett has rebounded in the second game of the series and is dealing a no-hitter through the first seven innings at Wrigley. Erik Bedard was hammered on Monday and Clint Hurdle needed Burnett to pick up the staff and go deep into the game on Tuesday.

Burnett has done just that, silencing the Chicago bats and striking out five in seven hitless innings. Burnett has thrown 80 pitches so far and looks to be in total control. He did issue two walks -- one in the fourth and one in the sixth. But Burnett has faced little trouble otherwise as he looks to make Pirates' history.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Recap: Bucs Blasted 14-4 In Series Opener

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their series opener in Chicago on Monday night as Erik Bedard was roughed up in a 14-4 loss. Bedard struck out seven Cubs in 4.1 innings of work, but he also coughed up eight earned runs as Chicago pounced in a huge nine-run fifth inning. Reed Johnson led off the inning by reaching on an error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Two batters later, Anthony Rizzo stepped into the box an crushed a three-run homer to center that busted it open to 7-2. Bedard would finally exit with runners on first and second, giving way to Chris Resop.

The Pittsburgh reliever didn't exactly pick up his starter, allowing back-to-back singles to score two more -- runs credited to Bedard. The explosive inning would be capped with a Starlin Castro two-run homer off Resop, a blast that cleared the centerfield wall in his second at-bat of the inning. When it was all said and done, the Cubs walked away with a 13-2 lead.

While all doubt was removed after the fifth, there were some highlights on the offensive side for the Bucs. Starling Marte went three for four from the leadoff spot, including an RBI single in the third that evened things up at 1-1. In addition to Marte's solid night at the dish, Matt McKenry drove in two of the Bucs' four runs -- the second a bases-loaded single up the middle to score Garrett Jones.

A.J. Burnett will try to get it back for Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He's scheduled to face Ryan Dempster for now.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Lineups: Andrew McCutchen Back In Action

The Pittsburgh Pirates start a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Lineups for the game are out, and the Pirates have Andrew McCutchen back after giving him a day off on Sunday. The MVP candidate brings his Major League-leading .368 batting average into the game. He has six hits in 18 at-bats against Chicago this year with one home run.

This is what the Pittsburgh lineup looks like to start the game:

Starling Marte LF
Alex Presley RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Michael McKenry C
Clint Barmes SS
Erik Bedard P

The Cubs will counter with the following lineup:

Reed Johnson CF
Starlin Castro SS
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Jeff Baker RF
Geovany Soto C
Darwin Barney 2B
Joe Mather 3B
Justin Germano P

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Series Preview: Bucs Hurtle Toward Trade Deadline

Erik Bedard starts Monday night in Chicago.

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