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Pirates blank Cubs in late-night game

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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."

Jason Grilli pitched a hitless eighth and Hanrahan got three outs for his 36th save in 39 chances. Darwin Barney had both of Chicago's hits.

"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."

The Pirates touched up Cubs starter Travis Wood for three runs in the third inning, including Marte's key triple. Jose Tabata drove in Marte with a double to deep center.

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."

Notes

  • Pittsburgh returns home to host Milwaukee on Tuesday night. A.J. Burnett (15-7) faces Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (15-8).
  • The Cubs host NL Central-leading Cincinnati beginning Tuesday night, and Sveum said he doesn't want the Reds to clinch the division title this week at Wrigley Field. "Nobody wants anybody to clinch on your turf, that's for sure," Sveum said. "It's inevitable that they'll end up clinching, you just don't want them to do it at your place."
  • Wood had struck out eight batters three times.
  • Barney extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning single.
  • Bryan LaHair has received limited playing time since the arrival of 1B Anthony Rizzo from the minors. Sveum said LaHair's best bet is to play in the offseason. "I think for his sake he needs to go play winter ball and get those at-bats he missed out on and be ready for spring training like he was this year," Sveum said.
  • Pirates 2B Neil Walker was out of the starting lineup. Walker played in the previous three games after missing 15 because of lower back pain. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Walker needed a day to rest.
  • The State College Spikes, the Pirates' short-season Class A affiliate, announced a two-year player development contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Spikes had been affiliated with the Pirates since 2007. Pittsburgh will have to find a new short-season affiliate.
 
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A truly dedicated Pirates fan soldiers on in the Wrigley Field bleachers during the eighth inning.  (AP)
A truly dedicated Pirates fan soldiers on in the Wrigley Field bleachers during the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

S. Marte
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

K. Correia
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF5112010 .254
Jose Tabata, RF4021000 .244
Andrew McCutchen, CF2000121 .341
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000003 .226
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000033 .242
Michael McKenry, C3010110 .250
Clint Barmes, SS2100121 .225
Brock Holt, 2B4110023 .321
Kevin Correia, P3000032 .122
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Clement, PH1000010 .125
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Totals32353315  
a-struck out for Grilli in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata (19, Wood)
3B - Starling Marte (5, Wood)
RBI - Starling Marte 2 (15), Jose Tabata (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-G. Sanchez, Barmes-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (W,11-9) 7200160 4.09
Jason Grilli (H,29) 1000010 2.96
Joel Hanrahan (S,36) 1000110 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
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF-CF3000112 .264
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000021 .216
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3000010 .296
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000030 .263
Starlin Castro, SS3000000 .281
Welington Castillo, C3000000 .275
Brett Jackson, CF1000100 .180
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Bryan LaHair, PH1000010 .258
    Rafael Dolis, P0000000 .000
Darwin Barney, 2B3020000 .266
Travis Wood, P1000001 .174
    Dave Sappelt, RF2000001 .290
Totals2702028  
a-struck out for Corpas in the 8th
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (L,6-12) 5.2433190 4.25
Michael Bowden 1.1100120 3.77
Manny Corpas 1000110 4.43
Rafael Dolis 1000030 6.68
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
Game Information
Attendance - 33017
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mike Everitt