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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' 5-3 victory over the Pirates on Monday:

How it happened: Carlos Zambrano pitched out of several jams to win his eighth game, tying him for the team lead with Ryan Dempster. Zambrano showed all of his baseball skills and versatility, helping himself get out of run-scoring situations. Zambrano covered first base on a 3-6-1 double play in the second. In the fourth inning, he picked Pedro Alvarez off second to end the inning. Zambrano turned a sacrifice bunt into a force out at second in the fifth and offensively added a single. Zambrano is 8-1 in 16 starts at PNC Park. The Cubs scored three times in the sixth inning off Paul Maholm. Starlin Castro had two singles and a double. Reed Johnson added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth inning to put the Cubs up 5-3. Derrek Lee greeted his former Cubs teammates with a pair of home runs in his Pirates debut.

What it means: The Cubs have won two straight on this 10-game road trip after losing their first five. The Cubs are 35-23 when scoring four or more runs. They are also 9-42 when scoring three runs or less.

Outside the box: Andrew Cashner had his second bullpen session in two days, and he will throw a third session on Thursday. Cashner is recovering from a rotator cuff strain and has been on the DL since April 8.

Next: Randy Wells (2-4 6.16) takes on Kevin Correia (12-8 4.24) in the second game of their four-game series at 6:05 p.m. CT Tuesday.