DeRosa, Hill Lead Cubs Over Pirates 3-2

Hill gets first win despite control problems
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 6:26 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs closer Kerry Wood, right, celebrates with Geovany Soto after the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in a baseball game Friday, April 18, 2008, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Rich Hill struggled with his control but won for the first time in three starts this year, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Friday for their ninth victory in 12 games. Mark DeRosa doubled and drove in a run, and Reed Johnson hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run fourth inning as Chicago sent the Pirates to their third straight loss.  

Hill (1-0) combined with four relievers on a six-hitter, allowing one run, three hits and three walks in five innings with four strikeouts. Jon Lieber, Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood followed, with Wood pitching a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five chances. DeRosa, who doubled leading off the second and singled in the tying run, is batting .321.