Ted Lilly gave up four first-inning runs in a rare hiccup at Wrigley Field, and the Pirates beat the Cubs, 4-0, in the opener of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader.
Chicago's loss snapped the team's seven-game winning streak against Pittsburgh. The Cubs, playing for the first time since they were eliminated from playoff contention, managed four hits in nine innings against Pirates starter Charlie Morton (5-9), who tossed his first career shutout.
Lilly (12-9), making his final start of the season, entered the game with a Major League-leading 1.60 ERA at home and a 1.53 mark in his past seven outings. But the Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the first on two walks and a Lastings Milledge single.
Milledge then slid hard into second base on Steve Pearce's potential double-play grounder to second, moving far to the right of the bag to upend shortstop Ryan Theriot, who was unable to get off a throw. One run scored on the play, and with the inning still alive, Jason Jaramillo smacked a two-run double and Brian Bixler made the score 4-0 with an RBI single.
Lilly shut the Pirates down over the next six frames and finished his 2009 campaign with a career-best 3.10 ERA.
In Morton's last start at Wrigley Field, on Aug. 14, he recorded three outs and gave up 10 runs. This time, pitching against a lineup with no Derrek Lee or Aramis Ramirez, he struck out the side in the first and didn't allow a base hit to reach the outfield until the sixth.