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MLB: Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh 2

April 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, April 4 (UPI) -- Chicago's Travis Wood allowed one hit over six innings Thursday and the Cubs hung on for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wood (1-0) gave up a double to Clint Barnes in the third inning and two walks while striking out four in a six-inning start. He left the game with a 1-0 lead.

Chicago, which had only three hits on the day, led 3-0 in the ninth but Carlos Marmol gave up a single, a walk and back-to-back RBI singles to Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez that put the potential tying run on third.

But Pedro Alvarez struck out on a pitch in the dirt and Neil Walker grounded into a game-ending double play that gave Marmol his first save of the season.

The Cubs had just two hits through eight innings, using singles by Wood and Starlin Castro to produce a run in the third inning and beat James McDonald (0-1). Those were the only hits McDonald, who struck out four and walked two, allowed in seven innings.

Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run home run in the ninth for the other Chicago hit.

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