CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates chances of winning the NL Central were dealt a huge blow when the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-2 victory on Wednesday behind a three-run homer by Darnell McDonald. Tarvarius Moore Jersey . Still, the postgame mood in the Pirates clubhouse was anything but sombre. "This is nothing new, the way our season has played out," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Well continue to battle, to go play. When we get the result we want, we put that one aside and try to go get another one. When we dont get the result we want, we wash that one and get ready for the next game. "We have a day off in Cincinnati and well be ready to hit the gas pedal again on Friday," he said. With three games remaining in the regular season for each team, the Pirates trail division-leading St. Louis by three games. The Pirates, who already have clinched a playoff spot, hold a one-game lead over Cincinnati for the first wild-card slot. The Reds, who also are assured a post-season slot, host Pittsburgh for three games to finish up. McDonald had three hits, including his homer in the sixth inning that put the Cubs ahead 4-1. "Thats one of the things that all of us can learn from right now, is were trying to get where these teams are at that were playing down the stretch," McDonald said. "I think every one of us in here wants to finish the season strong." Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (16-8) certainly wanted a stronger finish. He was over 100 pitches when McDonald came to the plate in the sixth and already had surrendered a pair of doubles to him. Hurdle thought about making a change, but never really gave it much serious consideration. "He wasnt able to get the ball where he wanted on McDonald," Hurdle said. "Theres never a time I dont like Frank on the mound. You always hate to have to go get a guy after the runs are given up. Thats the walk of shame. Thats on me." Jake Arrieta (4-2) allowed one run and four hits for the Cubs. Kevin Gregg allowed an unearned run in the ninth for his 33rd save. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Darwin Barney hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo. The Pirates tied it in the third when Justin Morneau walked with the bases loaded to score Starling Marte. Arrieta avoided a bigger inning by getting the next batter, Garrett Jones, to ground out. The Pirates wasted other scoring chances. They had a runner on second with two outs in the fifth. Morneau hit a leadoff double in the sixth and advanced to third with one out, but was stranded when Pedro Alvarez grounded out and Tony Sanchez struck out. "If we make three good outs, its a 4-4 game going into the ninth," Hurdle said. "Just by getting outs. Runners on third base with less than two outs is one of the challenges weve had all season. We have to find a way to cash in in those situations. Its tough to keep pitching without a safety net." While the Pirates slipped back in the division race, they do have the safety net of knowing theyll be in a playoff game next week regardless of what happens in Cincinnati. "We just have to go there and play," Liriano said. "Were not going to try to do too much or change anything. We just have to go out there and play, game by game." NOTES: Dale Sveum doesnt know if hell be coming back for a third season as manager of the Cubs. Sveum is under contract to return for 2014, but team president Theo Epstein has said all jobs will be evaluated after another losing season. "Im not going to sit here and lie that youre not wondering whats going to happen in four to five days from now. Thats just human nature," Sveum said Wednesday before the game. Sveum expects to hear about his future shortly after the season ends Sunday. "Thats part of the gig," he said, "is knowing the day after the season." ... 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