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Pirates drop eighth straight
Cubs 9, Pirates 5
Zach Duke yielded three home runs on Saturday afternoon. (Nam Y. Huh)
In his first start in nearly three months, Zach Duke ran into a Cubs offense that is clicking on all cylinders. Duke lasted four frames, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits, including three homers. The lefty provided much of his own run support with a two-run single in the second.
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Series at a glance:
PIT
Pittsburgh (66-89)
Lost 8
Chi Cubs 9, Pittsburgh 5   CHC
Chi Cubs (82-73)
Won 3
September 22, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Pittsburgh
0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   5 8 1
Chi Cubs
2 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 X   9 15 0
Standings thru 9/22/07  |  Recap: PIT|CHC  |  Gameday  |  Pirates Stats  |  Cubs Stats
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Morgan, CF4010102.266
Bautista, 3B3110112.260
Sanchez, F, 2B4011003.305
Phelps, 1B3000122.299
Nady, LF-RF4000012.283
Paulino, C4110012.262
Pearce, RF3110011.294
  Van Benschoten, P0000000.143
  b-Castillo, PH1000010.238
Kata, SS4111010.218
Duke, P1012000.258
  a-Izturis, PH1000000.258
  Torres, P0000000.000
  McLouth, LF1111100.257
Totals335854814 

a-Grounded out for Duke in the 5th. b-Struck out for Van Benschoten in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Kata (9, Hill), Bautista (34, Howry).
3B: Sanchez, F (4, Howry).
HR: McLouth (13, 9th inning off Dempster, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Morgan; Bautista 2; Sanchez, F 3; Paulino; Pearce; Kata 2; Duke; McLouth 4.
RBI: Kata (15), Duke 2 (3), Sanchez, F (81), McLouth (35).
2-out RBI: McLouth.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, F; Paulino.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Morgan (6, 2nd base off Hill/Soto).

FIELDING
E: Sanchez, F (9, throw).
DP: (Sanchez, F-Phelps).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF4235110.297
DeRosa, 2B5000012.294
Lee, 1B5241010.317
Ramirez, 3B5222013.315
Murton, RF3010110.276
  Fuld, RF0000100.000
Soto, C5010024.375
Monroe, CF1000112.223
  a-Jones, PH-CF2110010.274
Theriot, SS4230000.273
Hill, P2000002.131
  b-Floyd, PH1000011.283
  Marmol, P0000000.000
  Eyre, P0000000.000
  c-Ward, PH1000012.324
  Howry, P0000000.000
  Dempster, P0000000.000
Totals38915841116 

a-Struck out for Monroe in the 5th. b-Struck out for Hill in the 5th. c-Struck out for Eyre in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Soriano (39, Van Benschoten).
HR: Lee (19, 1st inning off Duke, 0 on, 2 out), Soriano 2 (31, 2nd inning off Duke, 0 on, 2 out; 5th inning off Torres, 1 on, 2 out), Ramirez (26, 3rd inning off Duke, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Soriano 10; Lee 7; Ramirez 5; Murton; Soto; Jones; Theriot 3.
RBI: Lee (76), Soriano 5 (65), Ramirez 2 (100).
2-out RBI: Lee; Soriano 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Monroe; Hill; Soto 2; DeRosa.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Theriot (28, 2nd base off Torres/Paulino).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Murton (Morgan at 2nd base), Fuld (McLouth at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Murton-Theriot, Fuld-Lee).

 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Duke (L, 3-8)4.09543435.83
Torres 1.02220315.59
Van Benschoten 3.04221409.73
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hill (W, 10-8)5.05332404.05
Marmol 1.00001201.22
Eyre 1.00001004.24
Howry 1.02110103.45
Dempster 1.01110114.24

Pitches-strikes: Duke 84-52, Torres 26-15, Van Benschoten 53-30, Hill 74-45, Marmol 18-11, Eyre 11-6, Howry 12-10, Dempster 16-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Duke 6-2, Torres 0-0, Van Benschoten 0-5, Hill 5-6, Marmol 0-1, Eyre 0-3, Howry 1-1, Dempster 1-1.
Batters faced: Duke 24, Torres 5, Van Benschoten 13, Hill 21, Marmol 4, Eyre 3, Howry 5, Dempster 4.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Bruce Dreckman. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 66 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:35.
Att: 41,271.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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