Pirates edge Cubs, keep pace in NL Central

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Updated: September 15, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Justin Morneau drove in the winning run in
the eighth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 3-2 win over the Chicago
Cubs on Sunday to wrap up a four-game set.

Pittsburgh and St. Louis remain tied for first place in the NL Central as the
Cardinals defeated the Mariners on Sunday.

Tony Sanchez hit a solo home run for the Pirates, who have won six of their
last seven games.

Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh and was charged with two runs on
three hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) pitched
a scoreless eighth inning to get the win.

Welington Castillo hit a two-run home run for the Cubs, who have lost four of
their last five. Travis Wood lasted six innings in the start and gave up two
runs on five hits. Pedro Strop (2-2) was handed the loss.

In the eighth, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to
second on Marlon Byrd’s single. Morneau then hit a pinch-hit single to left
for a 3-2 lead.

Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 16th save of the season.

Jose Tabata led off the Pittsburgh first with a triple and quickly scored on a
wild pitch from Wood.

Sanchez led off the fourth with his second home run, a shot over the right-
center wall.

Chicago, though, tied the game in the seventh as Junior Lake led off with a
single and Castillo followed with his seventh home run of the year.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh has won 10 of the 16 games against Chicago this year … The
Pirates host San Diego for four games starting on Monday … Chicago continues
its 11-game road trip in Milwaukee as the teams will play a four-game set
beginning on Monday.