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National League Game Summary - Chicago at Pittsburgh



(Wednesday, April 3rd)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez each drove in a run as the Pittsburgh Pirates evened their best of three series with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Starling Marte plated the final run for the Pirates, who saw starter Wandy Rodriguez (1-0) pitch 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allow just two hits while striking out six batters and walking one in the victory.

Rodriguez, who was acquired from Houston last July, finished last season with a 12-13 mark and 3.76 earned run average.

Alfonso Soriano and Alberto Gonzalez supplied the only hits for the Cubs, who saw starter Edwin Jackson (0-1) toss five innings of two-run ball while striking out five batters and giving up three hits in defeat.

"I ran my pitch count up a little bit," Jackson said.

The Cubs are Jackson's eighth team during his MLB career. The righty went 10-11 with a 4.03 earned run average for Washington last year.

Garrett Jones singled to start the fourth inning and McCutchen put the Pirates on the board first with a double down the left field line to make it 1-0.

Pedro Alvarez moved McCutchen to third base on a groundout to first and Sanchez brought him home on a fielding error by Starlin Castro which made it 2-0 in favor of the home team.

Chicago threatened in the top of the seventh as Welington Castillo was hit by a pitch -- Rodriguez's second hit batter of the inning -- but Brent Lillibridge struck out. After a pitching change, reliever Tony Watson struck out Gonzalez to end the inning.

"I knew (Gonzalez) was looking for something to drive, but I executed my pitch and got out of it," Watson said.

The Pirates made it a 3-0 contest in the bottom of the frame as Clint Barmes led off with a ground-rule double and advanced to third on Watson's sacrifice bunt. Barmes eased home on a single from Marte.

Jason Grilli picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win.

Game Notes

Jackson is now 4-1 in seven career starts versus the Pirates ... The Cubs were looking to begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 1995 after they took game one of the series, 3-1, on Monday ... The temperature at game time was 35 degrees.

04/04 00:45:49 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Half
GSW 64
SAC 50
 
2nd
NEV 71
MARS 43
 
2nd
CSFU 58
TAMCC 53
 
2nd
HOU 22
BSU 39
 
1st
WICHS 24
LMU 16
 
1st
WASH 19
TULA 23
 
1st
SDST 21
UCR 10
 
2nd
VAN 5
ARI 1
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 1
SJS 0
 
2nd
LOS 3
CAL 0