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Bucs go down gamely
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Cubs 8, Pirates 5
Brandon Moss has a double hit by Jim Edmonds go over his head in the fourth inning. (AP)
Ian Snell was ineffective, but the Bucs kept battling on Sunday at Wrigley. With the Cubs up three entering the eighth, Pittsburgh mounted a game-tying rally, capped by Andy LaRoche's two-run shot. A pair of Chicago homers in the bottom half of the frame, though, did the Pirates in.
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Series at a glance:
PIT
Pittsburgh (51-60)
Lost 2
Chi Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 5   CHC
Chi Cubs (67-45)
Won 2
August 3, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Pittsburgh
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0   5 7 0
Chi Cubs
0 2 0 2 1 0 0 3 X   8 12 1
Standings thru 8/3/08  |  Recap: PIT | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Pirates stats  |  Cubs stats
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rivas, L, 2B5000001.240
Mientkiewicz, 1B4110000.274
McLouth, CF3100101.274
Doumit, C4121000.342
LaRoche, An, 3B4112011.200
Moss, LF3111120.291
Pearce, RF4020011.238
Wilson, Ja, SS3000101.280
Snell, P0000000.171
  a-Bautista, J, PH1000000.248
  Beam, P0000000.000
  b-Michaels, PH1000002.237
  Hansen, P0000000.000
  Burnett, P0000000.333
  c-Sanchez, F, PH1000010.242
Totals33574357 

a-Flied out for Snell in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Beam in the 7th. c-Struck out for Burnett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Mientkiewicz (16, Cotts).
HR: Moss (3, 2nd inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 0 out), LaRoche, An (3, 8th inning off Gaudin, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Mientkiewicz 2; Doumit 2; LaRoche, An 4; Moss 4; Pearce 2.
RBI: Moss (12), Doumit (40), LaRoche, An 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Doumit; LaRoche, An 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRoche, An; Rivas, L; Michaels.
S: Snell.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (LaRoche, An-Rivas, L-Mientkiewicz 2).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF5131011.295
  Marmol, P0000000.000
Theriot, SS4010112.315
Lee, 1B3010112.289
Ramirez, A, 3B4111003.277
Fukudome, RF4000013.279
DeRosa, 2B4110000.271
Edmonds, CF3210110.241
Soto, C3222100.278
Zambrano, P2011001.354
  Samardzija, P1000010.000
  Cotts, P0000000.000
  Gaudin, P0000000.000
  a-Ward, PH0000000.242
  b-Johnson, PH-LF1112000.295
Totals3481274612 

a-Batted for Gaudin in the 8th. b-Homered for Ward in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Edmonds (13, Snell), Soto (27, Snell), Zambrano (4, Snell).
HR: Ramirez, A (19, 5th inning off Beam, 0 on, 0 out), Johnson (6, 8th inning off Burnett, 1 on, 2 out), Soriano (19, 8th inning off Burnett, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Soriano 6; Theriot; Lee; Ramirez, A 4; DeRosa; Edmonds 2; Soto 3; Zambrano 2; Johnson 4.
RBI: Soto 2 (62), Zambrano (10), Ramirez, A (74), Johnson 2 (40), Soriano (48).
2-out RBI: Johnson 2; Soriano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fukudome; Lee; Theriot.
GIDP: Zambrano; Fukudome.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Soriano (11, 2nd base off Beam/Doumit).

FIELDING
E: Soriano (3, fielding).

 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Snell 4.07443306.14
Beam 2.02110314.72
Hansen (L, 1-4)1.21111005.57
Burnett 0.12220024.71
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano 5.03211212.76
Samardzija (H, 1)2.11001102.16
Cotts (H, 6)0.12220003.48
Gaudin (BS, 1)(W, 8-4)0.11111113.35
Marmol (S, 6)1.00000103.52

WP: Snell, Cotts.
Pitches-strikes: Snell 86-50, Beam 30-22, Hansen 22-12, Burnett 9-7, Zambrano 82-47, Samardzija 40-20, Cotts 11-7, Gaudin 17-8, Marmol 15-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Snell 3-6, Beam 1-2, Hansen 4-1, Burnett 1-0, Zambrano 4-9, Samardzija 2-4, Cotts 0-1, Gaudin 0-0, Marmol 0-2.
Batters faced: Snell 21, Beam 8, Hansen 6, Burnett 3, Zambrano 19, Samardzija 9, Cotts 3, Gaudin 3, Marmol 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Burnett 1-1, Gaudin 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Knight. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jim Wolf. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:49.
Att: 41,200.
August 3, 2008

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