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Cubs Beat Pirates 5-3

Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, right, picks Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez off second base after taking the throw from pitcher Carlos Zambrano in the fourth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, right, picks Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez off second base after taking the throw from pitcher Carlos Zambrano in the fourth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night to spoil slugger Derrek Lee’s two-homer debut with his new team.

Lee, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, knocked in all three Pittsburgh runs but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates lost for the sixth time in eight games. Ryan Ludwick, picked up by the Pirates just before the trade deadline, went 0 for 3 with a walk

Zambrano (8-6) picked up his 13th career win over Pittsburgh, tied with Aaron Harang for second-most among active pitchers. Zambrano struck out five and walked three while giving up seven hits. Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 21st save.

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