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April 3, 2014

Cubs edge Pirates 3-2 to pick up first win

PITTSBURGH — Jason Hammel pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday for their first win of the season.

The right-hander allowed a run, struck out five and walked one in 6 2-3 innings to help the Cubs avoid their worst start in 17 years. Pedro Strop worked the ninth for the save.

Emilio Bonifacio went 2 for 4 and scored twice to continue his torrid start. The Chicago center fielder hit 11 for 16 (.688) during the opening three-game series. Mike Olt hit the first home run of his career for the Cubs.

Tony Sanchez hit a two-run single in the seventh for the Pirates but Pittsburgh couldn't put together its first 3-0 start since 2007.

Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) struggled early in his first start in 10 months but settled down late. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

Pittsburgh earned walkoff wins in the first two games of the series, including a 4-3 triumph that ended early Thursday morning after 5 hours, 55 minutes, the longest Major League Baseball game ever held in the city.

Things moved a bit more briskly on a cold, wet day at PNC Park thanks in part to a pair of pitchers who weren't in the mood to nibble at the plate.

The Cubs signed Hammel to a one-year, $6 million contract over the winter hoping the 31-year-old can provide some stability in the middle of the rotation. He was sharp in his Chicago debut, allowing singles in the first and third innings but otherwise keeping the Pirates in check.

Hammel left the seventh after walking Neil Walker with two outs. Pittsburgh took advantage of another shaky performance from Chicago's bullpen with Sanchez — who provided the walkoff hit on Wednesday — smacking a two-run single up the middle off Justin Grimm to pull the Pirates within a run.

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