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Chicago's Lee Helps Put Dismal Pirates in Record Book
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs assured the Pittsburgh Pirates of a record-breaking 17th consecutive losing season, getting two homers from Derrek Lee and an effective start from Ted Lilly while winning 4-2 on Monday.

By losing their 10th in 11 games, the Pirates will finish below .500, just as they have every season since 1993. The string of losing seasons is a major league record and the longest for any team in the four major North American pro team sports. Only the Phillies (1933-48) have had as many as 16 losing seasons in a row.

Lee hit his 30th homer into the center field shrubbery with two out in the first, then hit his 31st two innings later after Ryan Theriot's two-out single.

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