Pirates Continue Slow Climb to .500 Mark
The Pittsburgh Pirates used a strong night at the plate by 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and an efficient outing by starting pitcher Charlie Morton en route to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
McCutchen continued his recent hot hitting streak with two extra base hits, including his eighth home run. His round tripper in the third inning came off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, whose record dropped to 4-6 in taking the loss.
Morton (3-7) hurled seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits while fanning seven batters. After a forgettable 0-6 start to the season, Morton has tallied wins in three of his last four appearances.
The Pirates (30-33) also got a home run from slumping first baseman Ike Davis and a 3-for-4 performance and a pair of runs batted in by struggling left fielder Starling Marte.
The Cubs (25-36) were led by shortstop Starling Castro, who smacked his eighth home run in the ninth off Pirates reliever Jared Hughes.
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