Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Chicago Cubs, 3-2

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Church's two-run homer put Pittsburgh ahead in the sixth inning, Andy LaRoche added a solo shot and the Pirates bounced back from a poor road trip to beat the Cubs and Ryan Dempster 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Pirates dropped seven games during a season-long 10-game road trip and had lost 10 of 13 overall before withstanding solo homers by Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto to win for the first time in their last four home games.

With the Cubs strandin...

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs played two months without him last season, and it turned out to be the beginning of the end of their National League Central title defense.

Now that third baseman Aramis Ramirez is into the second month of the deepest slump of his life, Cubs manager Lou Piniella is considering moving the guy who has been his best hitter and run-producer during his time in Chicago out of the marquee part of the order.

''This has been five weeks of this now, goin...