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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Travis  Snider homered and Brandon Cumpton 
tossed  seven shutout  innings as  the Pittsburgh  Pirates held  on for  a 2-1 
victory  over  the Chicago Cubs in  the rubber  match of  a three-game set at 
Wrigley Field. 

The Cubs  mustered only  two hits  off Cumpton  (3-2) before mounting threats 
against the Pittsburgh bullpen in the final two innings. 

Junior  Lake  and Darwin  Barney opened the  eighth with back-to-back singles, 
but  Tony Watson escaped the jam by striking out two batters after a sacrifice 
bunt. 

"Obviously not an ideal situation, but pound the strike zone, make a pitch and 
get them to chase," Watson said. 

The Cubs  had men on  the corners after Pirates  closer Mark Melancon gave up 
consecutive  singles  to begin the  ninth. Chicago got  on the board when Nate 
Schierholtz  hit  into a  fielder's choice, with  second baseman Josh Harrison 
flipping to shortstop Jordy Mercer for the second out. 

Melancon  then  retired Lake  on a  flyout to right  for his  12th save of the 
season. 

"To  get those two  runners on early and not capitalize on it is unfortunate," 
said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. 

The Pirates scored both of their runs in the third against Jason Hammel (6-5). 

Snider led off with a blast to center field, then Josh Harrison came up with a 
two-out infield single. 

Chris Stewart followed the Snider home run with a walk, advancing to second on 
a  sacrifice bunt and a groundout before scoring on Harrison's comebacker that 
struck the Chicago right-hander. 

Hammel gave up six hits and struck out six over seven innings of work. 

                                   Game Notes 

Pittsburgh   right  fielder  Gregory  Polanco  finished  0-for-3,  ending  his 
career-opening  hit streak at  11 games ... The Pirates are 8-1-1 in series at 
Wrigley  Field  since the start  of 2011 ... The  teams wore uniforms from the 
1953  season on  Sunday ... Chicago had  homered in each of its previous eight 
games  ...  The Cubs  activated  catcher  Welington  Castillo (left  rib  cage 
inflammation)  from  the  15-day  disabled list  and  designated  catcher  Eli 
Whiteside for assignment prior to the game. 

 
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