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Cubs look for fourth straight win vs. Pirates

May 17, 2008 - 2:13 PM Pittsburgh (20-22) at Chicago Cubs (26-16), 1:05 pm EDT

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- While everyone else in the majors is enjoying interleague play, the Chicago Cubs look to post their fourth consecutive win Saturday they host the National League Central rival Pittsburgh Pirates.

With an uneven number of clubs in each league, the Cubs and the Pirates are staying within their division for a three-game set.

The Cubs took the opener, 7-4, on Friday afternoon, getting home runs from Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and Mark DeRosa. Righthander Sean Gallagher picked up his first win of the season with six solid innings and Kerry Wood recorded his ninth save of the season.

Chicago has been strong against Central Division opponents this season, building up a 15-10 record - including 7-0 against the Pirates. That success is a big reason the club currently sits in the top spot in the division.

The Cubs will send ace Carlos Zambrano (6-1, 2.03 ERA) to the mound on Saturday. The hefty righthander has been dominating this season, allowing more than two earned runs just twice in nine starts and winning each of his last five decisions.

Zambrano owns a 9-6 record and a 3.83 ERA in 20 games - 18 starts - against Pittsburgh in his career. He won each of his last two starts against the Pirates in 2007, allowing just one run in 12 combined innings, but has yet to face them this season.

Pittsburgh will counter with lefthander Zach Duke (2-2, 4.04), who has earned the win in each of his last two outings, including tossing six scoreless frames against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

Duke's shortest outing of the season came April 20 at Chicago, when he was touched for five runs and eight hits in four innings to suffer a loss. He took a no decision against the Cubs on April 9 despite allowing just one run in seven frames.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 7 11 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 6 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - ZACH DUKE, TYLER YATES (7TH), DAMASO MARTE (8TH), MATT CAPPS
    (9TH) AND RONNY PAULINO
    CHN - CARLOS ZAMBRANO, MICHAEL WUERTZ (5TH), SCOTT EYRE
    (7TH), JON LIEBE

    May 17 3:51 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN THERIOT SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R THERIOT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.295, 0-FOR-4)

    Pirates 7, Cubs 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 17 3:51 PM
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    Pirates 7, Cubs 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 17 3:51 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY NATE MCLOUTH (12) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF CARLOS MARMOL SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7, CHICAGO CUBS 5
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.265, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Pirates 7, Cubs 5  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 17 3:37 PM
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    Pirates 7, Cubs 5  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 17 3:37 PM
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    Pirates 5, Cubs 5  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 17 3:32 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALFONSO SORIANO (10) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF TYLER YATES.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, CHICAGO CUBS 5
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.329, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates 5, Cubs 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 17 3:08 PM
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    Pirates 5, Cubs 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 17 3:08 PM
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    Pirates 5, Cubs 4  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 17 2:47 PM
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    Pirates 5, Cubs 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:36 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY XAVIER NADY SCORED NATE MCLOUTH.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A LAROCHE ON FIRST, J BAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: D MIENTKIEWICZ (.250, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Pirates 5, Cubs 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:34 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A LAROCHE ON FIRST, J BAY ON SECOND, N
    MCLOUTH ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.318, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 4, Cubs 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:29 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NATE MCLOUTH SCORED ZACH DUKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MCLOUTH ON FIRST, F SANCHEZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.267, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 3, Cubs 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:24 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALFONSO SORIANO (9) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF ZACH DUKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, CHICAGO CUBS 4
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.331, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates 2, Cubs 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 17 2:15 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ SCORED ADAM LAROCHE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D MIENTKIEWICZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R PAULINO (.222, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 2, Cubs 3  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 17 2:06 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALFONSO SORIANO SCORED MARK DEROSA AND REED
    JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A SORIANO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.327, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 1, Cubs 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 17 1:45 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REED JOHNSON SCORED GEOVANY SOTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, M DEROSA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C ZAMBRANO (.286, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cubs 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 17 1:42 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN BIXLER SCORED DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BIXLER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: Z DUKE (.118, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cubs 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 17 1:30 PM
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    Pirates vs. CubsApr 2 4:26 AM