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Fukudome's Single in 9th Lifts Cubs Past A's
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kosuke Fukudome, benched recently due to a slump at the plate, singled to start a tying rally in the eighth inning before driving in the winning run with another single in the ninth to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

The Cubs won their first series since late May and have their first winning streak of any kind since taking three in a row from May 22-25. The A's have lost five of their last six and are two game under .500, equaling their low-water mark this season.

Jerry Blevins (2-1) opened the ninth by walking Geovany Soto, who went to second on Starlin Castro's sacrifice. After pinch-hitter Koyie Hill was intentionally walked, Ryan Theriot walked to load the bases. On the next pitch, Fukudome singled through a drawn-in infield.

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