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Cubs Open with Eight Straight Hits to Blast Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Kosuke Fukudome had two-run hits in a record-tying first inning and the Chicago Cubs handed the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates their 11th loss in 12 games, 9-4 Tuesday night.

Chicago tied a major league record with eight consecutive hits to start the game. No team had done so in 19 years, when the New York Yankees did it against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 25, 1990.

Micah Hoffpauir hit his ninth homer and Jeff Baker went 3 for 4 with a walk for the Cubs, who have won three of four in their quest to stay in the NL wild card race.

Garrett Jones hit his 19th homer for the Pirates, who are 18-42 since July 1st.

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