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Pirates Vs. Cubs: Charlie Morton's Ugly Outing Leads To 6-3 Loss

Charlie Morton walked five batters in 4.1 innings Sunday.

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Charlie Morton's ugly start against the Chicago Cubs Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field led to a 6-3 Pirates loss.

Morton escaped with four runs allowed, three earned, in 4.1 innings, but it actually could have been far worse - he allowed five walks and seven hits, and the defense behind him was hideous. But the Cubs consistently failed to blow the game open.

Carlos Pena's fielder's choice led to a run in the third on a throwing error by Ronny Cedeno, and the Cubs added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. 

Tony Watson continued Morton's walk-happy ways in the sixth, leading to another run on a single by Bryan LaHair

The Pirates made it 5-3 on a two-run homer by Neil Walker in the eighth, that was all they got, and the Cubs added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Cubs, there's Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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