Cubs Sink Pirates, 7-1

Alfonso Soriano got three hits and the Chicago Cubs won for the 12th time in 15 games by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1. Ted Lilly pitched neatly into the eighth inning win his fourth straight decision and improve to 8-4.

Chicago finished with 14 hits, all in the first six innings. The Cubs have gone eight games without a homer, their longest such streak since 1999.

Ronny Paulino had three hits for the Pirates, who had a four-game winning streak end.

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