Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Cubs, 3-1
CHICAGO (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates put the brakes on their five-game losing streak, beating the Chicago Cubs, 3-1 on Friday.
The Pirates limited the Cubs to just five hits.
Brian Burres lasted five and 1-3 innings and gave up one run over five hits. He struck out five batters and walked one.
Joel Hanrahan recorded this 33rd save, striking out two and giving up zero hits.
The left-hander was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Ryan Dempster (10-11) struck out nine in 6 1-3 innings for Chicago, yielding three runs and seven hits.
Carlos Pena homered for the Cubs, who have lost nine of 12. The first baseman now has at least 25 homers in five straight seasons and six times overall in his career.
Pena connected in the second, hitting a drive to the deepest part of center field to give the Cubs the lead.
Pittsburgh responded with two in the third. Presley led off with a triple off the right-field wall and Harrison followed with a single to right. Garrett Jones added a two-out RBI double.
Neither team mounted much offense after that. The Cubs stranded two runners in the third and fourth.
The Pirates didn’t threaten again until Presley’s one-out triple in the seventh chased Dempster. Presley scored on Jose Tabata’s two-out single off Kerry Wood.