CHICAGO – The Cubs had a couple of chances after Brandon Cumpton left the game. It wasn't enough to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Nate Schierholtz had a run-scoring grounder in the ninth inning, but Mark Melancon got Junior Lake to fly out with a runner on first for the final out in Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory Sunday.
Cumpton pitched seven scoreless innings and Travis Snider hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who took the last two games of their weekend series at Wrigley Field. The 25-year-old Cumpton (3-2) allowed two hits and walked two while improving to 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in four starts this month.
The Cubs got the first two men on in the eighth and ninth innings, and only came away with one run.
"The eighth and ninth were the innings in which we created the most stress for them," manager Rick Renteria said. "They kept grinding. We gave ourselves a chance there at the end and we still ended up having the potential winning run come to the plate."