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The Pirates wrapped up their best first half in 19 years with a 9-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen, who was named to the NL All-Star team on Saturday, hit a three-run homer and knocked in five as Pittsburgh won two of three in the weekend series. Paul Maholm [[ muh-HALL-um ]] worked into the eighth inning for the win, striking out eight and allowing just four hits and a run to improve to 9-and-2 in 16 career starts against the Cubs. Ramon Ortiz lost his second straight start since being called up from the minors after giving up six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Darwin Barney had two of Chicago's four hits and the Cubs finished the first half by losing seven of their last 10 games. They head to the break with a record of 37-and-55. The Northsiders are now off for the All-Star break. They will kick off the second half of the season on Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field.

 
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