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James McDonald Tagged With Loss in Pirates-Cubs Match

Pittsburgh dropped a 3-2 decision at PNC Park on Thursday as Chicago legged out a win behind winning pitcher Travis Wood.

Bettors who backed the Cubs were rewarded as +138 underdogs at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 7.5.

Travis Wood earned the victory for the Cubs, throwing 6 innings of work, striking out 4, walking 2, and allowing 1 hit and 0 earned runs. That effort was supported by 2 RBIs from Nathan Schierholtz in the win.

Pittsburgh got a 7-inning outing from James McDonald in the loss. He gave up 1 earned run, 2 walks and 2 hits in his time on the mound, while Starling Marte had 1 hit in the loss for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh enjoyed an edge at the plate with a 4-3 advantage in hits.

The game was closed out by Carlos Marmol who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and fanned 1 batter to earn the save.

Next game, Chicago takes its act on the road to face Atlanta looking for another win. For Pittsburgh, they head on the road to face Los Angeles.