Strong outing for Marshall lifts Cubs past Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs starter Sean Marshall didn't
officially get the win Monday night.

"It was a win in my book," the rookie said after the Cubs' 2-1
victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I don't get credit for a win
but we played a great game."

Matt Murton's RBI single in the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie.

The 6-foot-7 Marshall, trying to start 3-0, gave up one run and
four hits in 7 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He
struck out five, walked one and threw 91 pitches.

"We wanted him to get that victory, but we needed it badly,"
Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He didn't get it, but he gave it
to us."

With the score tied 1-1, John Grabow (0-1) issued a two-out walk
to Todd Walker. Salomon Torres replaced him and gave up an infield
single to Aramis Ramirez. Murton then singled up the middle past a
diving Jack Wilson at shortstop to score Jerry Hairston Jr, who was
running for Walker, from second.

Murton has been one of the Cubs' best hitters in key situations
in his first full season in the majors. He's hitting .417
(10-for-24) with 16 RBI with runners in scoring position.

"I think any time you have success in any one situation, you
certainly gain confidence," Murton said. "A big thing is to have
teammates around you to get on base and allow you to do that."

The Pirates dropped to 1-13 on the road and 7-20 overall. They
had four hits, just one in the first six innings.

"They got a hit when they needed it and we did very little
offensively for the majority of the night," Pirates manager Jim
Tracy said.

Marshall used his curveball and changeup to repeatedly force the
Pirates hitters into quick outs. He gave up just one hit and no
walks in his first six innings, throwing 57 pitches in that span.
He gave up the tying run in the seventh to end a 16-inning
scoreless streak.

"I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes today and that helped me
to expand what I threw next," Marshall said. "I had a really good
changeup tonight. I could throw it in any count and I got a bunch
of quick outs."

Marshall walked Ronny Paulino and Jose Castillo before striking
out pinch-hitter Chris Duffy in the eighth, then left to a standing

"There's a big turnaround in baseball, guys come, guys go, guys
get hurt. And I'm just going to have the best time up here that I
can and hopefully it will last a long, long time," said the
23-year-old Marshall, who made the team out of spring training
despite only 10 career starts at Double-A and none at Triple-A.

Bob Howry (2-0), the second of three Chicago pitchers, worked
2-3 of an inning for the win. Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth for
his seventh save in as many chances. He extended his club record to
26 straight, dating to last season.

"When you see a guy go out and pitch a game like that, the last
thing you want to do is come in and give up his runs and turn it
into a bad outing," Howry said.

Wilson and Jason Bay hit consecutive singles to lead off the
seventh for the Pirates. Wilson moved to third by avoiding third
baseman Ramirez's tag on a grounder by Craig Wilson. Ramirez swiped
his glove at Jack Wilson and threw out Bay at second. After
arguments from Ramirez and Baker that Wilson was out of the
baseline, Wilson then scored on a groundout from Joe Randa to tie
the game at 1-1.

"I thought he was way out of the baseline," Baker said.

Juan Pierre led off the Cubs' first with a single, stole second
and scored when Pirates starter Victor Santos committed a throwing
error on Ronny Cedeno's bunt.

Santos gave up five hits and one unearned run in seven innings.
He struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. Santos had lost
three straight decisions.

"Victor Santos pitched a terrific game," Tracy said. "He
pitched inside very effectively and it made his other pitches that
much better."

Game notes
Before the game the Cubs recalled LHP Rich Hill from
Triple-A Iowa to take Glendon Rusch's spot in the starting
rotation. Rusch is 1-4 with an 8.46 ERA in five starts and will
move to the bullpen. ... The Cubs sent RHP David Aardsma to
Triple-A Iowa. The reliever was 1-0 with a 10.50 ERA in four
appearances. ... Cedeno was thrown out stealing second in the first
inning, after getting picked off first Sunday. ... Santos went six
innings in a 4-0 loss to St. Louis on April 19. ... Frank Castillo,
in 1991, was the last Cubs rookie starter to start 3-0. Castillo
lost his next start.