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Lincoln gets first win as Pirates continue recent dominance of Cubs

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CHICAGO -- When they play the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hardly resemble a last-place team.

The numbers are almost staggering. When Brad Lincoln pitched seven strong innings Wednesday for his first major league win, lifting the Pirates over the Cubs 2-0 it was Pittsburgh's ninth win in 12 tries against Chicago.

Those nine wins represent one-third of the Pirates' victory total (27) this season. And closer Octavio Dotel, who pitched a scoreless ninth, has seven of his 16 saves against the Cubs.

"We've played well against them and pitched well against them," Pirates manager John Russell said Wednesday.

"We'll take it. We've played them tough, but we've played some other teams tough and have not found a way to win but we found a way to win against these guys. Hopefully that will continue."

Unfortunately for the Pirates -- and maybe fortunately for the Cubs -- the teams meet only three more times this season.

Pittsburgh broke a scoreless tie in the eighth with two unearned runs when Andy LaRoche reached on Aramis Ramirez's error with one out, Andrew McCutchen singled and Garrett Jones drove a ball off the ivy in left-center for a run-scoring double against reliever Andrew Cashner (0-3).

After an intentional walk to Ryan Doumit loaded the bases, Chicago reliever Sean Marshall struck out Pedro Alvarez, but walked Lastings Milledge to make it 2-0.

"It's hometown for me," said Garrett, who was born in suburban Harvey, Ill. "I had a lot of family and friends, I heard some cheers. It definitely helps you to get the win against the Cubs."

Lincoln (1-2) allowed just four hits in seven innings, the longest outing of his career in just his fifth major league start. He walked one and struck out six. Joel Hanrahan pitched the eighth before Dotel finished up the five-hit shutout.

"I felt like it was going to be my day. With the wind blowing in I used it to my advantage and attacked the zone and it worked out for us," Lincoln said.

It marked the sixth time in the past 11 games the punchless Cubs have scored one run or fewer. They had a leadoff man on base five times Wednesday, but couldn't come through with a clutch hit. And in the three-game series against the Pirates, they managed just four runs.

"We had a couple of chances offensively and didn't do much, hit a couple of balls hard that the wind knocked down," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

"This game here was a nice little synopsis of what our season has been like," Piniella added.

With the wind blowing in at 16 mph, Alfonso Soriano's long drive to left stayed in and was caught by Jose Tabata in the fifth. Soriano had homered twice Tuesday night.

One out later, Starlin Castro lined a double over first base to put runners at second and third before Lincoln struck out pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin.

Former Pirate Tom Gorzelanny, making his first start since May 26 and back in the rotation with Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list following his outburst at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, pitched five shutout innings for the Cubs, allowing four hits before being lifted for Colvin.

"This team is way too good to be playing like we have recently," Gorzelanny said after the Cubs dropped to 10 games under .500 with their eighth loss in 12 games.

Notes

  • LaRoche made his fourth career start at second base. Infielders Neil Walker (concussion) and Bobby Crosby (concussion-like symptoms) are both out.
  • The Pirates finished their nine-game road trip to Texas, Oakland and Chicago at 2-7 -- both wins at Wrigley Field.
 
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Jose Tabata & Co. have picked up nine of their 27 wins this season against the Cubs. (AP)
Jose Tabata & Co. have picked up nine of their 27 wins this season against the Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

B. Lincoln
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata, LF4010100 .244
Andy LaRoche, 2B4100113 .229
Andrew McCutchen, CF4120011 .301
Garrett Jones, 1B3011111 .284
Ryan Doumit, C3010101 .263
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4010024 .152
Lastings Milledge, RF3011100 .273
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000035 .220
Brad Lincoln, P2000000 .375
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000010 .222
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals3227259  
a-struck out for Hanrahan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (17, Cashner)
SH - Brad Lincoln (2)
RBI - Garrett Jones (47), Lastings Milledge (24)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge (9)
CS - Jose Tabata (1, 2nd base by Gorzelanny/Hill)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-G. Jones, G. Jones-Cedeno
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brad Lincoln (W,1-2) 7400160 4.65
Joel Hanrahan (H,11) 1000020 4.13
Octavio Dotel (S,16) 1100000 4.70
HBP - Lee (by Brad Lincoln)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 93-57, Joel Hanrahan 9-8, Octavio Dotel 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 8-5
Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 25, Joel Hanrahan 3, Octavio Dotel 4
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3000110 .265
Mike Fontenot, 2B4010000 .285
Marlon Byrd, CF4010012 .311
Derrek Lee, 1B3000003 .234
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4020001 .179
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000013 .279
Koyie Hill, C3000013 .229
Starlin Castro, SS3010020 .272
Tom Gorzelanny, P1000010 .167
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH1000012 .278
    Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Theriot, PH1000000 .279
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals3005018  
a-struck out for Gorzelanny in the 5th
b-flied out for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (8, Lincoln)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Lee
E - Aramis Ramirez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Tom Gorzelanny 5400350 3.14
Brian Schlitter 2100010 0.00
Andrew Cashner (L,0-3) 0.1220100 1.93
Sean Marshall 0.2000110 2.13
Bob Howry 1000020 6.15
IBB - Doumit by Andrew Cashner
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 77-51, Brian Schlitter 29-18, Andrew Cashner 14-7, Sean Marshall 13-8, Bob Howry 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 8-0, Brian Schlitter 2-3, Andrew Cashner 2-0, Sean Marshall 1-0, Bob Howry 1-0
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 20, Brian Schlitter 7, Andrew Cashner 5, Sean Marshall 3, Bob Howry 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37391
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott