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Chi. Cubs (13-16)000000010163
Pittsburgh (13-15) «52040000x1190

Pirates 11, Cubs 1

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PITTSBURGH -- For the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 10-run margin isn't all that unusual this season. Only there was a big difference: This time, they won.

Lastings Milledge drove in four runs, Garrett Jones added three RBI and the Pirates finally won a one-sided game, beating the Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night for their first sweep of their NL Central rival in nearly four years.

Brian Burres (2-1), roughed up in three consecutive appearances before pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a spot start April 29 against Los Angeles, allowed three hits over seven shutout innings to win his second straight. Before that, he hadn't won in nearly two seasons.

The Pirates are winning nearly every close game but losing lots of blowouts; they've lost 11 times by six runs or more. And their minus-86 run differential through 27 games was easily the worst in either the NL or AL. However, they are 6-1 in one-run games.

For a change, they put this one away early -- and easily -- following a two-hour pregame meeting with a communications coach designed to build their social skills and boost their image. A five-run first inning against Cubs starter Randy Wells (3-1) no doubt accomplished that.

"We've been on the other side of that a few times," Pirates manager John Russell said.

The Pirates hadn't won by more than four runs since beating the Dodgers 11-5 on opening day April 5.

"That felt good," Milledge said.

Wells (3-1) didn't walk any in his previous two starts, only to walk Akinori Iwamura and Andy LaRoche in succession in the first. Andrew McCutchen and Jones followed with RBI singles and Ryan Doumit doubled in a run. Milledge, who came in with six RBI in 93 at-bats, finished it off with a two-run double.

Asked what happened, Wells said, "Too cocky, too confident" -- and he didn't have a pregame morale-boosting session, either.

"Terrible, unacceptable," he said. "In the bullpen, I don't think I missed a pitch. Get in the game, and there was a lot of whacking. I let it get out of hand. I got lackadaisical."

Wells lasted at least six innings in each of his first five starts, but yielded seven runs, six earned, in two innings to halt his four-game winning streak.

Manager Lou Piniella didn't say anything to his players after they were outsccored 18-5 during Pittsburgh's first sweep of Chicago since Aug. 28-30, 2006.

"I'll say something tomorrow but what am I going to say [tonight]?" he said. "You should be able to look in the mirror pretty easy after something like this."

Milledge added another two-run double in the fourth against reliever Jeff Gray. Even if he thought it was a home run.

As fireworks went off prematurely, Milledge's drive deflected off the base of the left field wall rather than clearing the fence. Milledge was tagged out as he jogged between second and third -- a potentially costly error in a close game.

"I think that was the most exciting double in PNC [Park] history," Milledge said. "It was my fault. I didn't look at the ball. I saw [left fielder Alfonso] Soriano back and all the fireworks, and I had a lapse for a second. If it had been a one-run game, it would have been devastating."

Burres gave the Pirates something they've rarely had all season -- successive strong starts by the same pitcher. The left-hander struck out four and walked three, lowering an ERA that was 9.31 before the Dodgers start to 4.09.

Burres will stay in the rotation even after right-hander Ross Ohlendorf comes off the disabled list on Monday.

"He deserves every right to continue to pitch for us," Russell said.

Notes

The Cubs committed three errors. ... Pittsburgh has swept two of its past three series at home, but was outscored 36-1 while losing three to the Brewers in the other. ... The Pirates have scored in the first inning in seven of their past eight games.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

L. Milledge
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Pittsburgh

B. Burres
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4010001 .341
Marlon Byrd, CF4110001 .339
Derrek Lee, 1B3000112 .217
Xavier Nady, RF4011011 .184
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000002 .148
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010020 .315
Geovany Soto, C3020100 .338
Jeff Baker, 2B3000114 .204
Randy Wells, P0000000 .273
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .273
    Jeff Gray, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Fontenot, PH1000001 .296
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
   c- Tyler Colvin, PH1000011 .283
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   d- Koyie Hill, PH1000001 .240
Totals3316136  
a-grounded out for R. Wells in the 3rd
b-hit into fielder's choice for Gray in the 5th
c-struck out for Russell in the 7th
d-flied out for Grabow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (11, Lopez), Xavier Nady (1, Lopez), Alfonso Soriano (9, Burres), Geovany Soto 2 (3, Burres, Carrasco)
RBI - Xavier Nady (5)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
E - Aramis Ramirez 2 (4, Throwing), Ryan Theriot (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells (L,3-1) 2576310 4.86
Jeff Gray 2342200 6.75
James Russell 2000010 3.00
Justin Berg 1100200 3.00
John Grabow 1000000 7.59
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 47-27, Jeff Gray 47-28, James Russell 20-12, Justin Berg 18-7, John Grabow 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 5-1, Jeff Gray 6-1, James Russell 1-4, Justin Berg 1-2, John Grabow 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 15, Jeff Gray 12, James Russell 6, Justin Berg 6, John Grabow 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4200103 .194
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Andy LaRoche, 3B2300300 .320
Andrew McCutchen, CF2221000 .309
    Steve Pearce, 1B2000013 .000
Garrett Jones, 1B-RF4123100 .247
Ryan Doumit, C4212001 .281
    Jason Jaramillo, C1000000 .190
Ryan Church, RF-CF4100113 .268
Lastings Milledge, LF3024100 .240
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010002 .236
Brian Burres, P2000002 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH-2B1010000 .238
Totals331191072  
a-singled for Burres in the 7th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (6, R. Wells), Ryan Doumit (4, R. Wells), Lastings Milledge 2 (8, R. Wells, Gray)
SH - Andrew McCutchen (1), Brian Burres (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (10), Garrett Jones 3 (20), Ryan Doumit 2 (14), Lastings Milledge 4 (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Ryan Doumit (2)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brian Burres (W,2-1) 7300340 4.09
Javier Lopez 1211000 3.27
D.J. Carrasco 1100020 4.35
WP - Brian Burres (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 99-58, Javier Lopez 13-11, D.J. Carrasco 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 8-9, Javier Lopez 1-2
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 27, Javier Lopez 5, D.J. Carrasco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11085
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals