the Pirates won a total of four series on the road.

(Sports Network) – Last season, the Pirates won a total of four series on the road. Vontae Davis Jersey . They already have seven series victories outside of Pittsburgh this season. Pittsburgh opened the season by taking two of three in Chicago, but today the Pirates will aim to accomplish something they havent done since May 5-7, 2000 — sweep a three-game set at Wrigley Field. In their last 22 games against Chicago, dating back to September 30, 2009, Pittsburgh has posted a 16-6 record against the Cubbies. Jeff Karstens will try to follow in the footsteps of Paul Maholms amazing performance on Saturday when he takes the mound this afternoon for the Pirates. The right-hander pitched two innings of relief Wednesday and suffered the loss in the 11th inning to Atlanta when he gave up a two-run homer to Brooks Conrad. Karstens last start was a 10-1 win over the Tigers at PNC Park on May 20. Hes 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA in eight career games (6 starts) against the Cubs. Hes 4-1 all-time at Wrigley Field. Ryan Dempster looks to win his third straight decision when he gets the ball for the Cubs. The righty allowed one run over seven innings in a victory over the Mets. Dempster is 6-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 46 games (21 starts) against the Pirates. Hes dropped his last four starts against the Buccos, dating to May 4, 2010, going 0-4 with a 7.23 ERA in those outings. Yesterday, Maholm tossed a three-hitter and was backed by four home runs in the Pirates 10-0 rout. Maholm (2-7) did not walk a batter and struck out four in his third career shutout and fifth career complete game. He threw just 91 pitches — 66 for strikes — and lowered his earned run average to 3.18. The left-hander had not received much run support this season, a primary factor in his deceptive record, but got plenty of it Saturday. Ronny Cedeno hit a three-run blast, Andrew McCutchen had a two-run homer, while Lyle Overbay and Chris Snyder slugged solo shots to help the Pirates to a second consecutive win. They withstood a ninth-inning rally Friday to beat Chicago, 4-2, in the opener to this three-game series. Welcome relief for him, and probably kind of kicked in some adrenaline for him that, Okay, Ive got something to work with, I just need to take over and get these outs, said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. And thats what he did. Pittsburgh scored five of its runs against Cubs starter Randy Wells (1-1), who was activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined since his first start of the season with a strained right forearm. Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Hes has hit safely in all 14 of his career games against the Cubs, while McCutchen has reached base safely in each of his last 20 contests vs. Chicago. Erik Walden Black Friday Jersey . The United States-born Fiva, who was eliminated in the first round at the Sochi Olympics, won the final ahead of Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic, Didrik Bastian Juell of Norway and Christopher Del Bosco of Montreal. Duncan, from London, Ont., won the small final and is clinging to a tight lead in the standings as he aims to become the first Canadian to win a mens skicross Crystal Globe. Coby Fleener Black Friday Jersey . On Tuesday, they did it again. Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Lance Stephenson fell just short of his fourth triple double this season, helping the Pacers hold off Torontos late charge for an 86-79 victory that allowed them to keep the NBAs best record.SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single and the surging Cincinnati Reds scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Saturday night. Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half. San Francisco had a great chance to win, with runners at second and third and nobody out. Chapman, however, pitched out of the jam by getting two grounders with the infield in and a strikeout. The NL West-leading Giants have dropped three in a row and 14 of 18. After a tight pitching duel between Alfredo Simon and Matt Cain, the Reds trailed 1-0 going into the ninth. Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk from Sergio Romo, and Phillips homered to left field on a 2-2 delivery. It was Romos fifth blown save in 27 opportunities. Opponents had nine hits in their last 18 at-bats against him entering the game. Pitching for the fourth straight day, Chapman couldnt hold the lead. He was handed his second blown save in 18 chances. Cincinnati loaded the bases in the 11th on Vottos double off Javier Lopez (1-1), a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks. Cozart lined a single off Jean Machi with two outs. Jonathan Broxton (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Simon allowed one run and three hits in seven innings for the Reds. He walked one and struck out four. Cain gave up six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.. Trent Richardson Colts Jersey. After giving up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, Simon retired 10 straight and 12 of 13 before Brandon Crawfords single in the fifth. Crawford went to third on Adam Duvalls double and scored when Joe Paniks sharp grounder squirted away from Simon. Cozart still made the play at first. Cain snagged a hard line drive off the bat of Ryan Ludwick to end the second, stranding a runner in scoring position. Cain also escaped trouble when he caught Hamilton, who had three hits, in a rundown between second and third to end the first. The right-hander gave up 17 earned runs over his previous 17 1-3 innings (8.83 ERA) and has won at home once in his last 12 starts. Jay Bruce singled twice and had a sacrifice bunt in the 11th for Cincinnati. Todd Frazier hit into a double play with two on to end the third. He went hitless in six at-bats, snapping a 14-game hitting streak against the Giants. NOTES: Thanks to an official scoring change, Phillips had an error taken away from Friday nights game. His errorless streak remains intact at 69 games. Sandoval was credited with an infield hit on the play. . Chapman had pitched four days in a row once before. . Giants 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) was transferred to Triple-A Fresno from Class-A San Jose two days early on his rehab assignment. . Giants OF Angel Pagan (back tightness) took a turn on the treadmill and hit off a tee. Theres a chance hell take batting practice Sunday. . RHP Tim Hudson (7-4, 2.62 ERA) pitches for the Giants in Sundays series finale. Hes lost each of his last two starts. RHP Homer Bailey (7-4, 4.80) goes for the Reds. Hes 3-0 in seven games against the Giants. . Reds RHP Sam LeCure worked a scoreless eighth in his 200th career appearance. ‘ ‘ ‘