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Pittsburgh at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: R. Hill (2-4) L: I. Snell (9-8)
HR: PIT - R. Paulino (6)   CHC - R. Cedeno (4)

Cubs 6, Pirates 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Rich Hill and the Chicago Cubs closed out a successful homestand in style.

Hill had a career-high nine strikeouts in seven sharp innings and Ronny Cedeno hit a three-run homer to lead the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Sunday.

Hill (2-5) yielded one run and five hits with one walk in his 11th career start, carrying over his success from Tuesday night when he beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for his first career major league win.

"Same mental approach, I just went out there and attacked, wasn't trying to be too fine," Hill said. "It was a mental side of being able to just go out there and pitch like I was in (Triple-A) Iowa and attack, that's it, that's the bottom line."

Hill was 7-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 starts this season for Iowa.

"He's effectively wild," said Jason Bay, who was 0-for-3 against Hill with two strikeouts. "When you see a lot of major league hitters swinging through fastballs in fastball counts you know he is doing something right."

The Cubs finished an 11-game homestand with an 8-3 record, the first time they have won eight games on a homestand since winning nine of 11 in May 1998. They have won 10 of their last 14 overall.

"Rich gave us everything we needed and it was a great way to close out this homestand," manager Dusty Baker said.

Ronny Paulino hit a solo homer off Hill in the seventh inning for the Pirates, who have the worst road record in the majors at 14-42. Paulino has homered three times in the last three games.

After an infield single to Aramis Ramirez and a two-out walk to John Mabry in the fourth inning, Cedeno hit his fourth home run of the season off Pirates starter Ian Snell to gives the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Ramirez finished 3-for-4 with two doubles.

In the third inning, Cedeno hit a leadoff single when left fielder Bay dove for the ball and trapped it. Third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth originally ruled that Bay caught the ball on the fly but Baker argued the call and it was reversed. Cedeno, who was already in the dugout, went back to first and later scored on Cesar Izturis' two-out single.

Snell (9-8) pitched six innings and allowed five runs and eight hits. He struck out six and walked two.

"I didn't give up any hard hits besides the home run. Everything was an infield hit or a bloop hit," Snell said. "Everything just seemed flat. The slider to Cedeno was flat and stayed up."


Pirates SS Jack Wilson was back in the lineup after missing three consecutive games with tightness in his right calf. ... Pirates 3B Joe Randa had two putouts on one play in the fifth inning. Jacque Jones hit a hard grounder to Wilson at shortstop. Wilson threw to Randa, who tagged Ramirez in a rundown and then ran down Jones and tagged him out between first and second. Izturis, running on contact, scored from third on Jones' hit. ... Bay finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. ... Paulino went 6-for-10 in the three-game series and drove in six RBIs. ... Cedeno was 12-for-28 over the Cubs' homestand with two home runs.

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Players of the Game

R. Cedeno
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

R. Paulino
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 40320
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Field Culbreth