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Cubs Lose 12th Straight, 10-4 to Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones homered, Erik Bedard pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 10-4 Sunday and sent the Cubs to their 12th consecutive defeat.

Alvarez hit a three-run homer in the first, Pittsburgh's first this season with more than one man on, McCutchen added a solo shot in the fifth and Jones went deep to right with Neil Walker on in the fifth.

Pittsburgh completed its first three-game sweep at PNC Park since Sept. 17-19, 2010.

Although the Cubs are enduring their longest losing streak since starting the 1997 season 0-14, few of the previous 11 were like this. Six were by one run, including the first two games of this series.

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