|Worley: 4 scoreless|
On Sunday, starter Vance Worley blanked the Orioles over four innings, allowing two hits and a walk, striking out two.
Worley went 8-4 with the Pirates last season, his first winning campaign since 2011. He started 17 games and put down a marker with a 2.85 ERA. He bolsters a solid rotation.
The Orioles broke through in the sixth inning on Steve Pearce's two-run homer, but that was all the offense they could muster. After scoring single runs in the first and fourth, the Pirates put up a pair of runs in the eighth inning for the 4-2 win.
|Denorfia: HR 2RBI|
It could have been worse. Cueto worked four innings, and, despite just allowing the one hit, he did walk three.
The other part of the Cubs' winning equation was the five scoreless innings thrown by starting pitcher, Travis Wood, who scattered three hits, issue just one walk and fanned four.
Cincinnati (5-7) finally broke through for a run in the ninth inning, but the Cubs held on for the win.
Denorfia was picked up by the Cubs in the off-season, after he split 2014 between San Diego and Seattle. Wood has been a mainstay for the Cubs the past three seasons, after starting his MLB career with the Reds. In 89 starts for the Cubs, Wood has compiled a record of 23-38.