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Cubs beginning to roll
Cubs 9, Pirates 5
Alfonso Soriano (left) homered in his third straight game. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
 Fuld's catch against the ivy
The Cubs increased their NL Central lead by flexing some serious muscle against the Pirates, hitting four long balls for the second straight day, with Alfonso Soriano providing two of the homers. Starter Rich Hill was the beneficiary, picking up his 10th victory.
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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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