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Cubs

Cubs edge Pirates 3-2 to pick up first win

Chicago Cubs' Emilio Bonifacio (64) is greeted by teammate Junior Lake (21) after scoring on a single by Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Chicago Cubs' Emilio Bonifacio (64) is greeted by teammate Junior Lake (21) after scoring on a single by Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 3, 2014.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday for their first win of the season.

The right-hander allowed a run, struck out five and walked one in 6 2-3 innings to help the Cubs avoid their worst start in 17 years. Pedro Strop worked the ninth for the save.

Emilio Bonifacio went 2 for 4 and scored twice to continue his torrid start. The Chicago center fielder hit 11 for 16 (.688) during the opening three-game series. Mike Olt hit the first home run of his career for the Cubs.

Tony Sanchez hit a two-run single in the seventh for the Pirates but Pittsburgh couldn't put together its first 3-0 start since 2007.

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