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|Zambrano Earns First Win Since July; Cubs Sweep Pirates
|PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano won for the first time since July 22 by limiting the slumping-again Pirates to two runs over six innings, and the Cubs finished off a three-game sweep by beating Pittsburgh 8-5 on Wednesday.
Playing before a sparse crowd that was announced at 10,899 but looked, and sounded, like it was much smaller, the Cubs won their sixth in a row against the Pirates, who completed a 1-5 homestand.
Micah Hoffpauir homered leading off the fifth against former Cubs pitcher Kevin Hart (4-6), drove in two runs and was among five Cubs batters with two hits during Chicago's 26th win in its last 32 games against the Pirates.
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