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MLB: Pittsburgh 5, Chicago Cubs 0

July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, July 31 (UPI) -- A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday, settling for one-hit shutout in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-0 defeat of the Chicago Cubs.

Burnett (13-3) dominated Chicago on no hits until Adrian Cardenas -- called up from the minor leagues before the game -- lined a pinch-hit single to right field with one out in the eighth.

The right-hander went on to win his third straight start, issuing a pair of walks and striking out eight en route the victory, which snapped a two-game Pirates skid.

Neil Walker put the Pirates ahead with a first-inning grand slam and later added a sacrifice fly to drive in all five Pittsburgh runs.

Cubs starter Casey Coleman (0-2) was tagged for four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.

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