Cubs can't shake road woes, fall to Pirates 6-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs spent a glorious week at Wrigley Field making inroads on respectability.

It took one night on the road for all that momentum to vanish.

Edwin Jackson challenged Andrew McCutchen twice, losing both times as the Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Monday night to drop to 10-22 away from Wrigley Field, the worst road record in the majors.

"I don't get caught up in numbers, so I really can't give you an answer," Jackson said. "It's hard to understand, though."

McCutchen drove a two-run shot to right field in the third inning then added an RBI-double in the fifth off Jackson (4-6) as the good vibes from Chicago's 5-1 homestand vanished. Ike Davis hit his fifth homer for Pittsburgh while Starling Marte broke out of a lengthy slump with three hits.

Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 with his eighth home run and two RBIs for Chicago, but the Cubs were never in it. Jackson surrendered four runs in six innings and is 1-4 since April 30.

"We try to figure out what it is but we haven't figured it out yet," Castro said. "You go back and see those games we play good at home and we should be playing that way on the road but we're not."

Charlie Morton (3-7) allowed one run over seven innings to win for the third time in his last four starts after beginning the season 0-6.

McCutchen finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs. The reigning NL MVP has four homers this month.

"I made a little minor adjustment now I'm seeing the ball a little longer and being able to get the barrel to it," McCutchen said. "When I get the barrel to it, good things happen."

It wasn't exactly the way the Cubs were hoping to start a 10-game road swing. Chicago won five straight last week — all at Wrigley — and hoped the momentum would carry over.

It didn't. Morton made sure of it. For seven innings, the right-hander avoided the control problems that have plagued him much of the season. Morton came in with a major-league high 13 hit batters while averaging nearly 2.5 walks per start.

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