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|Lilly Takes No Hitter Into 9th; Cubs Beat White Sox 1-0
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Juan Pierre led off with a single, and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the White Sox 1-0 Sunday night at a revved-up Wrigley Field.
On a night when the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks were saluted for their Stanley Cup championship, Lilly and Gavin Floyd put on a splendid display of pitching.
Floyd flirted with a no-hitter of his own for the White Sox before Alfonso Soriano doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Chad Tracy followed with a single, producing the game's only run.
That took care of Floyd's run at history, but Lilly was still going and the tension began to mount as he inched closer to the 14th no-hitter in franchise history and first since Carlos Zambrano's gem against Houston on Sept. 14, 2008, in Milwaukee.
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