Pittsburgh Pirates (26-30) at San Diego Padres (26-31), 10:10 p.m. (ET)

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the final leg of their road trip when they open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres Monday at Petco Park.

The Pirates are 4-3 on the 10-game trek and won three of four meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, taking the set with Sunday night's 5-3 victory behind Andrew McCutchen's sharp hitting at the plate. McCutchen went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored for the Pirates, who have won nine of their last 14 games.

"I was able to get my timing back on the fastball," McCutchen said. "It was really good to come out and play well."

Josh Harrison homered and Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Edinson Volquez picked up the win for Pittsburgh and was reached for two runs in five innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Jason Grilli had to work around two walks, a hit and a run scored in the ninth for his eighth save.

Charlie Morton draws the start for Pittsburgh Monday in San Diego and has struggled to a 1-7 mark and a 3.29 ERA. Morton was dealt the loss in last Wednesday's 5-0 decision against the New York Mets and he yielded three runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings.

Morton, a right-hander, has an 0-4 record in five road outings this season, but is unbeaten (2-0) in three career starts against the Padres with a 1.33 ERA.

San Diego was aiming for a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox and dropped a 4-1 decision in Sunday's finale. White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale went the distance and held the Padres to two hits with nine K's and no walks to improve to 5-0.

The only run Sale allowed was a solo homer to Chase Headley.

"You can see why this guy is one of the best pitchers in the American League," said Padres manager Bud Black on Sale. "He had it working today."

Eric Stults was on the mound for the visitors and was touched for four runs and five hits over six innings, falling to 2-6 on the season.

Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin wasn't in the lineup Sunday because of tightness in his right calf and could return Monday. He left Saturday's 4-2 win with the problem and is batting .303 this season.

San Diego went 3-3 on its road trip through Arizona and Chicago, and will play six straight at home versus Pittsburgh and Washington.

Set to toe the rubber for the Friars Monday will be Tim Stauffer, who has a 2-1 record and a 4.50 earned run average this season. Stauffer was hammered the last time out in just his second start in a 12-6 loss at the D'backs, as he permitted seven runs in just one-third of an inning.

The right-handed Stauffer is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career meetings (1 start) with the Pirates and 2-0 at Petco Park this season in nine games, one of which was a start.

San Diego and Pittsburgh are meeting for the first time since the Padres took four of seven matchups a season ago. The Pirates, though, won two of three games at Petco Park from Aug. 19-21.

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