Cubs Wait Out Rain,Take Series Finale

Dempster rebounds from shaky start to help Cubs avoid sweep.

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Ramirez,Dempster Lead Cubs in Series Finale

The Pirates have had the Cubs number the past few seasons. In Sunday’s finale they scored two runs in the first inning and things looked as gloomy as the weather for the Cubs in game three of the three game set. Thanks to Ryan Dempster the Pirates wouldn’t score again and the Cubs held on to beat the Pirates 3-2 Sunday at Wrigley.

Sunday’s finale looked for a while like it wouldn’t happen. Thanks to Fog and Rain, the first pitch was delayed for over two and a half hours. Luckily for the Cubs (23-28) though the rain stopped and they got the game in.

Aramis Ramirez homered for only the second time this season and Ryan Dempster finally is looking like the ace of the staff. Dempster went six innings and allowed two runs on only four hits. He improved to 4-4 on the season and has won his last three starts.

Jeff Karstens took the loss for Pittsburgh (24-27). Karstens didn’t pitch terrible allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. The righty fell to 3-4 on the season.

The Cubs will finish their nine game homestand with a series against the Houston Astros. The first game of the series is Monday afternoon.

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Dempster,Cubs Look To Avoid Sweep

In 1992 Bill Clinton was about to take his first term as President. Michael Jordan and the Bulls were in the middle of their first three-peat. Justin Bieber was still two years from being born. And 1992 was also the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates finished the season with a winning record. One team that has a hard time believing that is the Chicago Cubs. Since September of 2009 the Pirates are 16-6 against the Cubs.

The Cubs (22-28) will look to avoid the sweep Sunday with Ryan Dempster taking the hill. The Cubs number one starter has looked like anything but an ace this season. Dempster is 3-4 with an ERA of 6.29. The righty is coming off a great start. The Cubs will need him to carry the momentum from his last start to save face in the series finale.

Starting for the Pirates (24-26) Sunday will be Jeff Karstens. Karstens is 3-3 this season with an ERA of 3.57.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CST. The game can be seen on WGN. Weather forecast at the time of first pitch is cloudy with temps in the low 70's.

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