MLB: Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 2

Sept. 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Darnell McDonald went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs dimmed Pittsburgh's division title hopes with a 4-2 win.

The score was tied 1-1 in the sixth when Donnie Murphy led off with a single against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano and Junior Lake followed with a walk -- bringing up McDonald, who belted a pitch into the left-field bleachers for a three-run shot.

Jake Arrieta (4-2) yielded one run on four hits over six innings, walking two and striking out one to collect the victory.

Kevin Gregg recorded his 33rd save despite allowing a run in the ninth for Chicago, which avoided a three-game sweep.

Liriano (16-8) absorbed the loss, surrendering four runs on eight hits over five innings. The Pirates -- who have already clinched a post-season berth -- fell three games behind National League Central-leading St. Louis with four games remaining.

Justin Morneau and Jose Tabata each provided an RBI for the Bucs.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Steve Kerr takes leave from Golden State Warriors for back rehab
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp avoids jail in plea deal
Report: Miami Marlins interview Bo Porter for manager's job
Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler practices, might return in Week 4 from hamstring injury