Cubs Vs. Pirates: Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano Homer In Victory

The Cubs downed the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Final Score: Chicago Falls Short Of Sweep With 3-2 Loss

The Chicago Cubs lost 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in what could potentially be Ryan Dempster's final outing with the team this season. The Cubs were looking for a sweep, but they'll have to settle with taking two-of-three from the surprisingly competitive Bucs.

Dempster pitched well for the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings of work. He didn't walk a single hitter and struck out six, but he was noticeably upset when manager Dale Sveum pulled him from the game after 93 pitches.

Anthony Rizzo had a big game for Chicago, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and a walk. Other than Rizzo and David DeJesus, who also knocked two hits in the game, the rest of the Cubs' lineup mustered just one hit on the day.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Final Score: North Siders Win Behind Brilliant Effort From Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits and one earned run on Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs earned a 5-1 victory at PNC Park. Maholm improved to 9-6 on the season by striking out seven and only walking one over the course of 109 pitches. The win moves the North Siders to 40-56, while the Pirates fall to 54-42.

Starlin Castro hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. David DeJesus ripped a two RBI double to deep right in the fifth inning and Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the sixth to provide Maholm with all the support he would need.

Pittsburgh starter James McDonald well to 10-4 on the season by allowing five runs on five hits over six innings.

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Matt Garza Update: Cubs RHP Returns To Chicago To Be With Pregnant Wife; Unlikely To Pitch This Weekend

Cubs starter Matt Garza has left the team in order to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's fourth child. He is not likely to pitch this weekend, according to Carrie Muskat.

Related: Ryan Dempster Trade Rumors: Cubs Pitcher In Clubhouse, Planning On Pitching Wednesday

Garza is also dealing with soreness in his right triceps; he left his July 21 start against St. Louis after three innings because of the injury. The Cubs don't plan to place Garza on the disabled list at this point.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Lineups: Chicago Aims To Start Another Winning Streak

The Chicago Cubs (39-56) take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-41) on Tuesday, hoping to translate their Monday win into another winning streak.

The team has been one of the hottest in the league -- their recent sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, where they were outscored 23-1, notwithstanding. Chicago has a 15-8 record over their previous 23 games and has put together two of their longest winning streaks of the season in that span.

They will send SP Paul Maholm to the mound in hopes of continuing their success. Maholm has won his last four decisions and lowered his season numbers to a 4.09 ERA and 4.22 FIP with a strong second half of the season.

Here is a look at the lineups, courtesy of BaseballPress:

CubsPirates
1. David DeJesus (L) CF 1. Drew Sutton (S) LF
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS 2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF 4. Garrett Jones (L) RF
5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF 5. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
6. Geovany Soto (R) C 6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B 7. Rod Barajas (R) C
8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B 8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Paul Maholm (L) P 9. James McDonald (L) P

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Preview: Chicago Aims To Claim Series Victory On Tuesday Night

The trade rumors continue to swirl about Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, so actual Chicago Cubs are more of a secondary thought for fans at this point. However, the team still has games play. On Monday, Jeff Samardzija allowed only one hit over eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Pirates 2-0, so Chicago can earn a series victory by taking game two on Tuesday night. Paul Maholm (8-6, 4.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Cubs, while Pittsburgh turns to impressive right-handed pitcher James McDonald (0-3, 2.93 ERA).

Here is the TV schedule and game time information for Tuesday night:

Game Date & Time: Tuesday, July 24, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Final Score: Jeff Samardzija Shines In 1-0 Cubs Victory

Jeff Samardzija allowed only hit over eight innings during a 2-0 Chicago Cubs victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday at PNC Park. The win improves Samardzija to7-8 on the season, and the Cubs to 39-56 overall. Pittsburgh falls to 54-41 in defeat.

Alfonso Soriano did all of the damage for the Cubs. Soriano doubled to deep center in the fourth to score Starlin Castro to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Soriano doubled in Castro again in the ninth with a shot to right-center.

Carlos Marmol nailed down his 12th save for the Cubs with two strikeouts and one hit allowed in the ninth inning.

There was only six hits combined in the game, but the victory is the Cubs' first over the Pirates this season.

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Lineups: Reed Johnson Leading Off, Starting In CF

The Chicago Cubs open a series in Pittsburgh on Monday night looking to put a rough weekend behind them. Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound as Chicago tries to end a three-game losing streak.

Chicago:

1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Jeff Baker (R) RF
6. Geovany Soto (R) C
7. Joe Mather (R) 3B
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Related: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Monday 7/23, 6:05 CT

Pittsburgh:

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Garrett Jones (L) RF
5. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Rod Barajas (R) C
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Erik Bedard (L) P

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Cubs Vs. Pirates Preview: Chicago's Road Trip Continues In Pittsburgh

The Cubs try to avoid their fourth loss in a row.

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