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Pirates fall to Cubs, blunting NL Central hopes

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates' hopes of catching up in the NL Central took a big hit Wednesday when Darnell McDonald launched a three-run homer, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win.

With three games remaining in the regular season for each team, the Pirates trail division-leading St. Louis by three games.

The Pirates, who already have clinched a playoff spot, hold a 1-game lead over Cincinnati for the first wild-card slot. Pittsburgh and the Reds finish up with a 3-game set in Cincinnati this weekend.

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