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McCutchen, Jones Post Ten Hits as Pirates Defeat Cubs

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There was a crazy amount of offense in this one. The runs the Pirates scored off of starter Tom Gorzelanny came from singles, doubles and walks, but sometimes that's all you need, especially when you reach base 23 times. The Bucs also got some power late in the game from Garrett Jones, who hit a homer to right just after hitting a ball near the right field foul pole that was declared foul. Andrew McCutchen added a solo homer in the ninth. Remarkably, McCutchen went 5-for-5 with a walk and two steals, and Jones was 5-for-6. As has become typical, the middle infield was MIA--Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-6, and Ronny Cedeno was 0-for-4 with a walk--but the rest of the offense more than made up for it.

Brian Burres wasn't effective in this one, allowing nine batters to come to the plate in the first and also allowing runs in the third and fourth. Marlon Byrd in particular really had Burres' number, taking him deep on a very convincing blast in the fourth. But the Pirates were able to tame the Cubs in the late innings thanks to some excellent relief work, particularly from Evan Meek, who touched 98 MPH, threw a filthy slider, and just generally looked awesome. Overall, the Pirates' bullpen worked five innings and allowed no runs while striking out eight and walking one.