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Austin Jackson

Cubs defeat Pirates, 4-0, to advance to NLDS

PITTSBURGH _ For six innings, Wednesday's game conformed to expectations. Jake Arrieta dealt, keeping the Pirates off the bases and stranding there on the infrequent occasion they reached safely. Then the benches cleared.tmpplchld The benches cleared? This was not a series, nothing to carry over to the following night. It was a wild-card elimination game, yet there they were, huddled near home plate, pushing and shoving, Gerrit Cole, long removed from the game, right in the middle.tmpplchld For the Pirates, the on-field gathering served only to prolong their final game of the season for a few more minutes. They lost, 4-0, in the third consecutive wild-card game at PNC Park and were...