Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Chicago Cubs, 11-1

PITTSBURGH -- Who's the punch line in the National League Central now?

After two nights of poor hitting against the worst pitching staff in the majors, nothing went right for the Cubs on Thursday night in Pittsburgh as they collapsed in an 11-1 heap that gave the Pirates their first series sweep of the once-mighty Cubs since that lost 2006 season.

Whether that makes the winless trip to PNC Park a wake-up call or a harbinger for this $143 million team could be determi...

PITTSBURGH -- Lastings Milledge drove in four runs, Garrett Jones added three RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally won a one-sided game, beating the Cubs 11-1 Thursday night for their first sweep of their NL Central rival in nearly four years.

Brian Burres (2-1), roughed up in three consecutive appearances before pitching 5 1-3 scoreless innings in a spot start April 29 against Los Angeles, allowed three hits over seven shutout innings to win his second in a row. Bef...