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Duffy breaks into homer column with pair in Pirates win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- One wasn't enough for Chris Duffy.

Duffy homered leading off the game, then hit a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning Thursday that led the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-5.

"It's always nice to hit a home run," Duffy said. "Two is that much better, especially when we win the game."

After Pittsburgh had wasted a five-run lead, Duffy connected off Scott Eyre (0-2) leading off the ninth for his third homer in 353 career at-bats. One out later, Xavier Nady homered against Ryan Dempster.

"Every time somebody makes a bad pitch on this team, it hurts us bad," Eyre said.

Duffy went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases that raised his total this season to 19. Coming in, Duffy's only major league home run was Aug. 1, 2005, off Tim Hudson at Atlanta.

"I took the same approach as I did when I was leading off the game," Duffy said. "I wanted to be aggressive and just see a pitch in the zone. Fortunately, I was able to get ahead and kind of cheat a little bit, figuring he's not going to put me on, so he's probably going to throw a fastball and I kind of guessed right."

Despite Duffy's relative lack of power, Eyre wasn't surprised.

"Everybody can hit a home run in the big leagues," he said. "If you throw the ball down the middle of the plate, that's what he gets paid to do. I just made a bad pitch and he did what he's supposed to do with it. I know the scouting report on Duff. Late in the game, he's a fastball hitter. So why did I throw two in a row? Dumb. I made a bad pitch today."

Duffy hit Sean Marshall's second pitch into the right-field bleachers. With two outs in the third, he outraced Marshall to the bag a grounder to the right of first baseman Scott Moore for an infield single, then stole second and scored on Xavier Nady's single.

"Obviously our center fielder had quite a day for himself, to say the least," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "I couldn't be more pleased for him. He started the game off real good for us, and obviously he finished it off for us very, very well."

Jonah Bayless (1-0) got the last out in the eighth for his first major league victory, and Salomon Torres finished for his fourth save of the season. The Cubs (56-84) fell a half-game behind the Pirates (57-84) for the worst record in the NL.

Pittsburgh had taken a 5-0 lead in the fourth thanks in large part to the defensive sloppiness that has come to define the Cubs' season. With runners on first and second, Jose Castillo bounced a grounder to third that should have been a double play, but second baseman Freddie Bynum couldn't get a grip on the relay throw and Chicago got just one out.

Humberto Cota followed with a sacrifice fly and, after a wild pitch by Marshall, Shawn Chacon hit an RBI double. Duffy then hit a hard grounder that Moore couldn't handle for an RBI single.

Chicago closed to 5-3 in the bottom half on Amaris Ramirez's 32nd homer, a two-run drive, and Moore's RBI double, his first major league hit.

Reliever Carlos Marmol homered in the fifth, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 5-4, and Moore homered in the sixth.

Marshall allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings, while Chacon gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Notes

  • Auto racer Danica Patrick threw out the first pitch and led the Wrigley Field crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch. She sported a home Cubs jersey with her car number, 16, on the back.
  • The crowd of 27,105 was the lowest at Wrigley since Sept. 26, 2002, vs. Cincinnati.
  • Pittsburgh SS Jack Wilson, who had missed 12 straight starts with an ear infection, made his first start since Aug. 24.
  • Ramirez's home run broke an 0-for-15 slump.
 
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Chris Duffy not only homers twice, he goes 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.  (Getty Images)
Chris Duffy not only homers twice, he goes 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

C. Duffy
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Chicago

S. Moore
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF4343100 .226
Jack Wilson, SS3000211 .273
Xavier Nady, RF5122011 .289
Jason Bay, LF4000102 .284
Ryan Doumit, 1B4110123 .204
    Joe Randa, 1B0000000 .262
Jose Bautista, 3B3010104 .248
Jose Castillo, 2B4100023 .268
Humberto Cota, C3001021 .192
Shawn Chacon, P3111021 .125
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
    Josh Sharpless, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeromy Burnitz, PH1000010 .232
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Jonah Bayliss, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .250
Totals3479761116 
a-struck out for Sharpless in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shawn Chacon (1, Marshall)
HR - Chris Duffy 2 (2, Marshall, Eyre), Xavier Nady (16, Dempster)
SF - Humberto Cota (1)
RBI - Chris Duffy 3 (15), Xavier Nady 2 (57), Humberto Cota (5), Shawn Chacon (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duffy (4), Xavier Nady (18), Shawn Chacon (1)
SB - Chris Duffy 2 (18, 2nd base off Marshall/Blanco, 2nd base off Marshall/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-Castillo-Doumit, J. Wilson-Randa
Pittsburgh Pirates
Shawn Chacon 6855253 6.80
Juan Perez 0.1000000 0.00
Josh Sharpless 0.2000000 1.69
Damaso Marte 0.2100010 3.93
Jonah Bayliss (W,1-0) 0.1000000 6.14
Salomon Torres (S,4) 1100010 3.47
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 97-60, Juan Perez 2-1, Josh Sharpless 6-4, Damaso Marte 11-6, Jonah Bayliss 2-1, Salomon Torres 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 7-5, Juan Perez 1-0, Salomon Torres 1-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 27, Juan Perez 1, Josh Sharpless 2, Damaso Marte 3, Jonah Bayliss 1, Salomon Torres 3
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5000011 .289
Freddie Bynum, 2B2110100 .250
   a- Ryan Theriot, PH-2B1000000 .329
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4112011 .280
Jacque Jones, RF3010101 .286
Angel Pagan, LF3100012 .271
   b- Matt Murton, PH-LF1000010 .294
Scott Moore, 1B3122001 .400
    Derrek Lee, 1B1010000 .301
Henry Blanco, C4020002 .266
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010023 .243
Sean Marshall, P1000001 .143
    Carlos Marmol, P1111000 .261
   c- Buck Coats, PH1000011 .000
    Les Walrond, P0000000 .000
    David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .200
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   d- John Mabry, PH1000001 .216
Totals3551052714 
a-lined out for Bynum in the 7th
b-struck out for Pagan in the 8th
c-struck out for Marmol in the 6th
d-grounded into a double play for Dempster in the 9th
Batting
2B - Freddie Bynum (4, Chacon), Scott Moore (1, Chacon), Henry Blanco (10, Chacon)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (32, Chacon), Scott Moore (1, Chacon), Carlos Marmol (1, Chacon)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (93), Scott Moore 2 (2), Carlos Marmol (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Bynum-Moore
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall 4755211 5.27
Carlos Marmol 2000140 5.35
Les Walrond0000100 15.19
David Aardsma 1000210 4.46
Roberto Novoa 0.2000020 4.35
Scott Eyre (L,0-2) 0.1111011 2.78
Ryan Dempster 1111021 4.66
WP - Sean Marshall (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 69-44, Carlos Marmol 32-20, Les Walrond 4-0, David Aardsma 27-14, Roberto Novoa 9-7, Scott Eyre 7-4, Ryan Dempster 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 7-3, Carlos Marmol 1-1, David Aardsma 2-0, Ryan Dempster 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 20, Carlos Marmol 7, Les Walrond 1, David Aardsma 5, Roberto Novoa 2, Scott Eyre 2, Ryan Dempster 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27105
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Tom Hallion