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CHICAGO -- Kevin Correia figured the hitters would be anxious after waiting around for nearly four hours.
He was right.
Correia pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Starling Marte hit a two-run triple to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Monday night in a game that was delayed more than 3½ hours by rain.
With the Pirates still in playoff contention, the teams waited out two storms at Wrigley Field that pushed back the start for 3 hours, 37 minutes. The first pitch was thrown at 10:42 p.m. CT, and Joel Hanrahan delivered the final one at 1:28 a.m. on Tuesday.
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"In a game that starts at 10:40, the hitters are going to be aggressive," Correia said. "It's not going to be a game where you take a lot of pitches, so if you can pound the zone with quality pitches, you're going to have a decent outing usually."
Pittsburgh tied Milwaukee for third place in the NL Central at 74-72. Both teams are 2½ games behind division rival St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot, with the Los Angeles Dodgers also in their path.
Correia (11-9) walked one and struck out six, equaling a season high. He whiffed the first four batters he faced and matched his longest outing of the season.
"You can argue this is the best game he's pitched all year -- the length, the efficiency, a couple double plays, a couple minor jams he worked right through and out of," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Very good command. It was the start we needed, a very good outing by Kevin."
"You can chalk it up to maybe sitting around all day waiting," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Both teams it seemed were in a daze out there."
Clint Barmes was hit by a pitch and Brock Holt's single up the middle on a 3-2 count sent Barmes to third. After Correia was called out on strikes, Marte tripled to left.
The rookie has tripled in three consecutive games.
"They come in bunches," Hurdle said. "I think the young man has an opportunity to possibly lead the league in triples someday. That's just a lot of usable speed out there. That's the biggest swing of the night for us."
Wood (6-12) worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits. He walked one and struck out a career-high nine.
Hurdle said his team stayed relaxed during the rain delay by watching videos and the Broncos-Falcons NFL game.
"We had plenty of time on our hands," Hurdle said. "We made good use of it.
"Most of these guys know, you're playing 20 [games] in 20 [days]. There's no days off. They're not going to reschedule unless the weather just goes way bad. You're here for a while. Professionally, they just settled in and just waited to play."
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but reliever Michael Bowden retired Holt on a grounder.
Trying to play spoiler and avoid a 100-loss season, the Cubs (58-89) had won seven of eight.
"These guys started talking about it a couple of weeks ago, about [not] losing 100 games. That's their motivating factor, as well as all of us, because nobody wants to be associated with that," Sveum said before the game. "To be able to sit back and knock people out of the playoffs or knock them one game less, that's [also] what you get motivated [for] in September when you're out of it."
|A truly dedicated Pirates fan soldiers on in the Wrigley Field bleachers during the eighth inning. (AP)|
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|Starling Marte, LF||5||1||1||2||0||1||0||.254|
|Jose Tabata, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.244|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.341|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.226|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.242|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.250|
|Clint Barmes, SS||2||1||0||0||1||2||1||.225|
|Brock Holt, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.321|
|Kevin Correia, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.122|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Clement, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Grilli in the 9th|
|2B - Jose Tabata (19, Wood)|
|3B - Starling Marte (5, Wood)|
|RBI - Starling Marte 2 (15), Jose Tabata (13)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Barmes-G. Sanchez, Barmes-G. Sanchez|
|Kevin Correia (W,11-9)||7||2||0||0||1||6||0||4.09|
|Jason Grilli (H,29)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.96|
|Joel Hanrahan (S,36)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 86-58, Jason Grilli 11-7, Joel Hanrahan 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 10-3, Jason Grilli 2-0, Joel Hanrahan 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 22, Jason Grilli 3, Joel Hanrahan 4|
|David DeJesus, RF-CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.264|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.216|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.296|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.263|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Brett Jackson, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.180|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Bryan LaHair, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Rafael Dolis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Travis Wood, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.174|
|Dave Sappelt, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|a-struck out for Corpas in the 8th|
|Travis Wood (L,6-12)||5.2||4||3||3||1||9||0||4.25|
|IBB - A. McCutchen by Travis Wood|
|HBP - Barmes (by Travis Wood), A. McCutchen (by Travis Wood)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 116-67, Michael Bowden 27-16, Manny Corpas 19-10, Rafael Dolis 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 4-4, Michael Bowden 1-1, Manny Corpas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Travis Wood 24, Michael Bowden 6, Manny Corpas 4, Rafael Dolis 3|
|Attendance - 33017|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mike Everitt|