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|Bucs Beat Cubs
|PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in five runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Sunday to enter the All-Star break with their best record in 19 years.
McCutchen backed Paul Maholm with a three-run homer and two sacrifice flies. Neil Walker went 3 for 4, and Alex Presley had two hits and scored two runs for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates (47-43) have their best record and are closer to first place this late in the season than at any time since their most recent winning season in 1992. Surprising Pittsburgh entered Sunday a game behind Milwaukee and St. Louis in the NL Central standings.
Rookie Darwin Barney had two hits for the Cubs, who have lost seven of 10.
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