Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took a shutout bid into the 9th inning and mound opponent Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight hits to a lineup he usually dominates en route to a 6-2 Pittsburgh win on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

A.J. Burnett used the ground ball to his benefit while shutting out the Cubs for 8 innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Burnett became the first Pirates starter to pitch into the 8th inning this season, tossing 8⅓ innings and allowing only four hits. The veteran righty took a no-hit bid into the 5th inning and a shutout bid into the 9th inning with the help off some strong plays in the field to earn the victory.

The slumping Pirates offense jump-started on Samardzija, scoring four runs off the Cubs starter who had previously never given up more than fou...

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