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Cubs rip six homers against Pirates; Soriano hits two

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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs haven't had much to celebrate during what has been a miserable season.

They sure had a lot of fun Tuesday.

Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs' season-high six home runs and Chicago used a 21-hit attack to beat the fading Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 Tuesday.

"It's like we never really settled down," Cubs right fielder Tyler Colvin said. "We kept hitting and kept wanting to get hits and get at-bats and it was pretty exciting to be part of it."

Garrett Jones homered twice and drove in four runs and Brandon Wood also connected for the Pirates.

Soriano hit solo shots in the third inning off Kevin Correia (12-9) and the fourth off Tony Watson. Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Geovany Soto had a two-run drive and Marlon Byrd and Colvin also connected.

"We haven't seen an outburst like that in a while, it was just great," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "A game like this can help you in a million different ways."

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Colvin's homer cleared the right-field stands and bounced into the Allegheny River.

"It was one of those pitches I was lucky to stay inside of enough to keep it fair," Colvin said. "It just felt great to hit a ball like that."

The Cubs could use the help as they have won three straight games for the just the second time this season. At 45-65, they have the second-worst record in the major leagues behind Houston (36-74).

The home run barrage sent the Pirates to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 13 games. Pittsburgh fell back to .500 at 54-54. The franchise has had a record 18 consecutive losing seasons.

"Everybody's got their own Rubik's Cube to figure out right now," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Ramirez, who snapped an 0-for-20 slump, drove in four runs while Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Colvin had three hits each. Ramirez, Byrd, Soto, Soriano and winning pitcher Randy Wells (3-4) each had two hits.

Ramirez returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday night's 5-3 victory over the Pirates with a sore quadriceps.

Wells went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven. Wells had compiled a 7.88 ERA in his other five road starts this season.

"I've been pitching inside a lot more and trying to make things happen a lot more, instead of just getting the sign and throwing the ball in there," Wells said.

Correia was hammered for four home runs in two-plus innings. He gave up eight runs and 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Correia fell to 2-7 at home while failing in his bid for a career-high 13th victory.

"I'm going to move into the Westin downtown," Correia said. "I guess I only pitch well if I sleep in a hotel bed the night before."

Castro, Barney and Ramirez hit consecutive singles to start the game and give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Jones answered with a two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the first to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1.

The Cubs then broke the game open with four runs in the second inning, three in the third and two in the fourth to move in front 10-2.

Colvin's solo homer in the second tied it and Ramirez then put Chicago ahead with a three-run shot to the shrubbery beyond the center-field fence. Soto's two-run homer and Soriano's first homer chased Correia in the third. In the fourth, Byrd and Soriano connected off Watson. Castro hit an RBI single in the seventh to push the Cubs' lead to 11-2.

Pittsburgh scored three times in the eighth off Ramon Ortiz as Jones hit a solo homer and Wood had a two-run blast, the Pirates' first pinch-hit home run of the season. Jones added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Notes

  • The six home runs tied the record for most hit by one team in a game at 11-year-old PNC Park. San Francisco established the mark on Aug. 4, 2002. The Cubs last hit six homers and the Pirates last gave up six homers during the 2006 season.
  • The two-homer game was the 28th of Soriano's career.
  • Byrd is one hit away from 1,000 for his career. Pirates OF Alex Presley, on the DL with a bruised left hand, hit off a tee for the first time Tuesday since being injured on July 22.
  • Struggling RHP Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night against RHP Matt Garza (4-8, 3.99) in the third game of the four-game series. Morton is 2-4 with a 7.18 ERA in his last eight starts. Garza has struggled on the road, going 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in nine starts, compared to his 3-3 record and 2.70 ERA in 11 home starts.
 
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Alfonso Soriano watches his home run in the fourth inning after also taking one out of the park in the third. (AP)
Alfonso Soriano watches his home run in the fourth inning after also taking one out of the park in the third. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5131123 .305
Darwin Barney, 2B6130004 .290
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4124003 .288
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-3B2000004 .292
Carlos Pena, 1B5000021 .216
Marlon Byrd, CF4221001 .313
   b- Tony Campana, PH-CF1010000 .261
Geovany Soto, C5122002 .245
Alfonso Soriano, LF5222021 .246
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Tyler Colvin, RF5231010 .130
Randy Wells, P3120000 .182
   c- Reed Johnson, PH1000001 .320
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .000
   d- Blake DeWitt, PH-LF1010000 .265
Totals4711211117  
a-flied out for Ramirez in the 7th
b-singled for Byrd in the 8th
c-flied out for R. Wells in the 7th
d-singled for Ortiz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tyler Colvin (5, Beimel)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (20, Correia), Marlon Byrd (6, Watson), Geovany Soto (10, Correia), Alfonso Soriano 2 (19, Correia, Watson), Tyler Colvin (3, Correia)
RBI - Starlin Castro (46), Aramis Ramirez 4 (67), Marlon Byrd (19), Geovany Soto 2 (32), Alfonso Soriano 2 (52), Tyler Colvin (10)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (17), Aramis Ramirez 3 (21), Alfonso Soriano (28)
SB - Starlin Castro (12, 2nd base off Correia/McKenry)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Geovany Soto (10, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells (W,3-4) 6522171 5.89
Ramon Ortiz 2333122 7.79
John Grabow 1211010 5.16
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 109-73, Ramon Ortiz 32-21, John Grabow 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 4-7, Ramon Ortiz 1-3, John Grabow 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 24, Ramon Ortiz 10, John Grabow 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110000 .274
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Matt Diaz, LF2010001 .269
Garrett Jones, RF4224010 .236
Neil Walker, 2B4120010 .283
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Fryer, PH1000011 .269
Derrek Lee, 1B3000001 .246
    Steve Pearce, 1B1000001 .234
Ryan Ludwick, LF2000110 .235
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   b- Brandon Wood, PH-2B1112000 .220
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4010021 .204
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010011 .249
Michael McKenry, C4110022 .256
Kevin Correia, P1000001 .095
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   c- Xavier Paul, PH-CF2000111 .255
Totals366106210  
a-struck out for Hanrahan in the 9th
b-homered for Veras in the 8th
c-struck out for Grilli in the 5th
Batting
2B - Pedro Alvarez (8, R. Wells), Michael McKenry (7, Grabow)
HR - Garrett Jones 2 (12, R. Wells, Ortiz), Brandon Wood (6, Ortiz)
SF - Garrett Jones (2)
RBI - Garrett Jones 4 (42), Brandon Wood 2 (21)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Alvarez-Pearce
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (L,12-9) 21088024 4.71
Tony Watson 2322112 2.55
Jason Grilli 1100010 1.86
Chris Resop 1000010 3.26
Joe Beimel 1311010 4.35
Jose Veras 1200000 3.44
Joel Hanrahan 1200010 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 59-41, Tony Watson 41-26, Jason Grilli 21-14, Chris Resop 7-5, Joe Beimel 18-12, Jose Veras 13-9, Joel Hanrahan 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 3-1, Jose Veras 2-0, Joel Hanrahan 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 16, Tony Watson 10, Jason Grilli 4, Chris Resop 3, Joe Beimel 6, Jose Veras 4, Joel Hanrahan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26109
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Brian Knight