Major League Baseball
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Pittsburgh 3, Chi. Cubs 2
When: 1:35 PM ET, Sunday, September 15, 2013
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Temperature: 68°
Umpires: Home - Mike Estabrook, 1B - Paul Nauert, 2B - Doug Eddings, 3B - Dana DeMuth
Attendance: 36559


Pirates 3, Cubs 2: Justin Morneau's run-scoring single in the eighth inning - his first RBI as a Pirate - broke a tie and helped host Pittsburgh remain tied with St. Louis atop the National League Central.

Morneau's opposite-field hit to left field came against Pedro Strop (2-2) and drove in Andrew McCutchen, who was hit by a pitch with one out. The Pirates' magic number to clinch their first postseason berth since 1992 was reduced to six.

Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn his first victory in a Pittsburgh uniform, while Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save in 18 opportunities. Rookie Tony Sanchez homered for the Pirates, who have won six of their last seven games.

Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Junior Lake singled to lead off the frame, and Welington Castillo followed with a two-run homer. The left-hander, who was 8-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his first nine home starts, yielded three hits and four walks while striking out four in six-plus frames.

Jose Tabata led off the first with a triple and scored on a wild pitch, but Pittsburgh squandered the chance for a big inning when it didn't score more after putting runners on the corners with none out. Sanchez began the fourth by driving a 1-1 pitch the opposite way over the wall in right-center for his second home run.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Liriano (16-7) recorded his first no-decision - the longest stretch to start a season by a Pirate since Larry French went 24 starts without one in 1930. ... Liriano was bidding to become the first Pittsburgh pitcher since John Smiley went 20-8 in 1991 to record more than 16 victories. ... The Pirates continue their 11-game homestand with the first of four against San Diego on Monday, while the Cubs travel to Milwaukee to begin a four-game series.

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Chi. Cubs   Pittsburgh
Travis Wood Player Francisco Liriano
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.0
4 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 3
3.00 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Chi. Cubs   Pittsburgh
Darnell McDonald Player Marlon Byrd
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
1 TB 2
.333 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Chi. Cubs 3 1 6 .103 12 6 2 5 0 0
Pittsburgh 7 1 13 .241 12 6 2 2 0 0