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Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:48 p.m.
 

At times Wednesday night, the Pirates seemed to be fighting themselves. They had a handful of brain cramps and baserunning gaffes, 10 runners stranded and another injury to add to an already long list.

However, there also were plenty of things that went right for the Pirates. Brandon Cumpton tossed five solid innings. Andrew McCutchen continued to binge on extra-base hits. Gregory Polanco got his first RBI. Jordy Mercer collected three hits.

The good outweighed the bad as the Pirates pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Josh Harrison left the game in the third inning due to what the team said was discomfort in his left ankle. Harrison, who was noticeably limping, also was hit by a pitch on the left hand.

“It hurt,” said Harrison, who rolled the ankle when he quickly changed direction on the basepath in the first inning. “We'll see how it feels (Thursday).”

Harrison started at second base in place of Neil Walker, who's on the 15-day disabled list after having an appendectomy.

In the first inning, Cubs starter Josh Hammel (6-4) walked Harrison on four pitches. With one out, McCutchen punched a fastball into the left-field seats. Outfielder Chris Coghlan leaned over the low wall and nearly caught it, but a fan knocked it out of his glove.

“If (Coghlan) had caught it, I wouldn't have been mad,” McCutchen said. “I would've been impressed.”

In his past 10 games, McCutchen has clubbed 13 extra-base hits — seven doubles and six home runs. It is the most by a Pirate in a 10-game span since Barry Bonds in 1988.

“It's been my plan all along,” McCutchen said. “Get myself ready to hit and not miss the pitch when they give it to me.”

The two-run shot was McCutchen's 10th of the season and ended two streaks for Hammel: 14 innings without allowing a run and 51 23 innings without giving up a homer.

The lead did not last long. The Cubs started the second inning with a single, a walk, another single and a run-scoring ground out to tie it 2-2.

In the bottom of the inning, Mercer doubled, Cumpton rolled his first major league hit into shallow right field and Harrison's left hand was grazed by a pitch. Polanco grounded out, scoring Mercer.

McCutchen was intentionally walked, giving Ike Davis, who leads the NL with 13 RBIs with the bases loaded, a chance to do some major damage. Davis went down swinging.

Pedro Alvarez tripled with one out in the third. He scored on Starling Marte's single.

Cumpton (2-2) escaped a couple of jams en route to his second straight win. In the third, he got Nate Schierholtz to fly out with two outs and runners on second and third. In the fifth, with the bases loaded, Schierholtz whiffed on a slider in the dirt to end the inning.

“It was a huge confidence-builder for me,” Cumpton said. “In the fifth, I threw him a first-pitch changeup, then a fastball in and a slider to get him to chase. I threw him the whole kitchen sink right there.”

That was the last batter Cumpton faced. He went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen watches his two-run homer during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen watches his two-run homer during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison dives for a ball hit by the Chicago Cubs' Justin Ruggiano during the first inning Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison dives for a ball hit by the Chicago Cubs' Justin Ruggiano during the first inning Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco drives in his first Major League RBI during the second inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco drives in his first Major League RBI during the second inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slides into third base next to the Cubs' Luis Valbuena during the third inning Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slides into third base next to the Cubs' Luis Valbuena during the third inning Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison slides back to first base ahead of a throw to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during the first inning Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison slides back to first base ahead of a throw to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during the first inning Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - A storms rolls over the Pittsburgh skyline before the Pirates game against the Cubs on Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A storms rolls over the Pittsburgh skyline before the Pirates game against the Cubs on Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco catches a ball hit by the Cubs' Chris Coghlan during the second inning Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco catches a ball hit by the Cubs' Chris Coghlan during the second inning Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco runs to first base during the first inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco runs to first base during the first inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - A fan taunts Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan after a two-run homer by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A fan taunts Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan after a two-run homer by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison reacts after being hit by a pitch during the second inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison reacts after being hit by a pitch during the second inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton throws against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton throws against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco drives in his first major league run during the second inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco drives in his first major league run during the second inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates his two-run homer with Josh Harrison during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates his two-run homer with Josh Harrison during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The Pirates' Gregory Polanco sets up in right field during the first inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>The Pirates' Gregory Polanco sets up in right field during the first inning against the Cubs on Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates his two-run homer with Ike Davis during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates his two-run homer with Ike Davis during the first inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates catcher Russell Martin goes onto the dugout railing for a foul ball, as manager Clint Hurdle assists during the ninth inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates catcher Russell Martin goes onto the dugout railing for a foul ball, as manager Clint Hurdle assists during the ninth inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco singles against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco singles against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen stands on second base in a downpour during the sixth inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen stands on second base in a downpour during the sixth inning against the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates outfielders Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after defeating the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates outfielders Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after defeating the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates closer Jason Grilli celebrates with catcher Russell Martin after defeating the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates closer Jason Grilli celebrates with catcher Russell Martin after defeating the Cubs Wednesday, June, 11, 2014, at PNC Park.
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