Posted September 15, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Three batters into the game, it appeared Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood might not make it out of the first inning. Jose Tabata led with a triple off the center-field fence and scored on a wild pitch to put the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead 1-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a double that bounced into the left-field bleachers, and Andrew McCutchen singled to put runners at the corners. ''They came out hacking, they had a game plan right there, and fortunately enough I was able to get out of there with just one run,'' Wood said. Wood settled down to pitch six innings. But the Cubs lost 3-2 as Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Pittsburgh, which began the day tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, took three of four from the last-place Cubs and won for the sixth time in seven games. ''You knew runs were going to be tough to go by on both ends,'' Cubs ...
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