Cubs 6, Pirates 3

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues a call with first base umpire Jim Wolf during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Charlie Morton had awful control today and the defense played really poorly behind him - it's a miracle that this didn't turn out worse than a score of 6-3. The Cubs left the bases loaded in the first, left two men on in the second, hit into an inning-ending double play with two men on in the third, left a man on in the fourth, and left two on in the fifth. 

Morton walked five batters (in 4.1 innings) and Tony Watson and Jose Veras each walked two, giving the Pirates nine walks in eight innings pitched. They also couldn't get much going offensively despite three hits from Derrek Lee and two from Alex Presley, plus an eighth-inning homer by Neil Walker.

James McDonald will pitch tomorrow afternoon at home against the Astros, which should give the Bucs a good opportunity to get back on track.

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