PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Charlie Morton was effective for the first time this season, allowing two runs in six-plus innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Wednesday night.
Morton (1-5), who entered the game as the worst starter in the majors in terms of ERA (12.57) and was tied for worst with five losses, did not allow a hit in five of his six innings and did not walk a batter to win for the first time since shutting out the Cubs Sept. 30.
Ryan Church homered for the second consecutive game, Garrett Jones went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Octavio Dotel earned his fifth save in seven opportunities for Pittsburgh, which improved to 9-1 in games decided by two runs or less.
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