CHICAGO(AP) Given the high expectations and the mounting losses, it's no surprise that the
let out a sigh of relief.
They needed this win.
allowed four hits and singled in a run,
homered and the Cubs beat the
6-1 Tuesday to snap an eight-game losing streak on a rain-shortened night.
Marshall (3-3) tied a season-high with six strikeouts before the game was called with none out in the top of the sixth following
a delay of 1 hour, 2 minutes, and the two-time defending NL Central champions ended their longest slide in three years.
''It's been tough,'' Marshall said. ''Nobody likes to lose at anything. It's only one game. But the guys are having a good
time in there right now. It's a little different atmosphere right now.''
Actually, it was a familiar atmosphere after a familiar result.
The Cubs didn't wait long to pounce on
(1-6) after rain pushed the start back 7 minutes, and the result was their first win since May 16.
''When you're in a situation like that, it's no fun,'' said
, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
They scored a run with two out in each of the first three innings - on Fukudome's solo shot in the first, Marshall's single
in the second and Hoffpauir's double in the third - before breaking it open with three in the fifth.
With the score 3-1,
made a diving catch on Snell's liner to left in the top half and sparked the big rally in the bottom half when he singled,
stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw.
then drove him in with a base hit, and Hoffpauir and
drove in runs with bases-loaded singles that made it 6-1.
That was enough for Marshall, who contained a team that had pounded out 34 hits the previous two games against the
and Cubs. But after those big outbursts, the Pirates looked more like the group that got shut out Friday and Saturday across
town at U.S. Cellular Field.
had two singles after his six-hit game on Monday - the Pirates' first in 19 years and the second in the majors this season
- and is now 10 for 14 over his last three games.
But it was another miserable night for Snell, who is 0-4 in his last seven starts. He allowed eight hits, walked four and
seemed to target plate umpire
''It's frustrating when you throw a pitch there and it should be a strike and it's a ball,'' Snell said. ''Then you get a
little confused on where the strike zone is. Then you have to find out where it is. Then you keep throwing the ball in the
same spot and you don't get it. So you just keep pounding the same spot and eventually they get a hit or you walk the guy.''
The Cubs were simply on target and finally showed that ''Cubbie Swagger'' manager
talks about while ending their North Side nosedive.
''How do you eat a whopper?'' Piniella asked before the game. ''You eat it one bite at a time, you don't swallow it whole.''
Fukudome took a big bite early on, knocking his fifth homer out to right, and the Cubs kept digging in against Snell.
''Lot of pitches and inconsistent in the zone,'' Pirates manager
said. ''He left a lot of balls over the plate.''
Notes: Pirates closer
likely will miss at least several games with a bruised right elbow after being hit by a line drive during Monday's game. X-rays
showed no structural damage. ... The Pirates'
singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and tie a career high he set in April. ... Cubs 1B
was out of the lineup but available to pinch hit after being sent home Monday because of the flu. Piniella expects him to
play Wednesday. ... Piniella said reliever
will be back Wednesday after he went to New York to be with his wife, who was scheduled to give birth to their second child