Pirates Keep Pace with Cincinnati

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Winning a career-best five straight starts might not be enough for Kevin Correia to keep his spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation.

Correia gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, helping Pittsburgh beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and avoid getting swept at home from the first time since Sept. 9-11 against the Marlins. "Kevin is a grinder," Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. "The way he pitched today is the way he always pitches. He doesn't overpower anyone, but he just keeps battling and battling and he gave us a chance to beat a very good pitcher."

Garrett Jones drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the sixth inning. Walker and Michael McKenry homered for Pittsburgh. Ryan Dempster (5-5) lost in what might his last start for Chicago, allowing three runs and five hits with in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Dempster said he is mulling a decision to accept a trade to Atlanta and is also "keeping all my options open."

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