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Recap: Pirates 6, Cubs 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: June 08, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Burnett (4-6) gave up four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings to improve to 5-0 in his career at Wrigley Field. He had a shutout until Alfonso Soriano's two-run home run to left with one out in the ninth ended a string of 18 straight scoreless innings by Pirates pitchers.

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Burnett held the Cubs hitless until Nate Schierholtz's double down the line in right leading off the fifth. He threw 112 pitches and left after Soriano's home run.

Burnett threw a one-hitter in his last start at Wrigley Field last July 31. He lost the no-hitter in the eighth inning with two outs. Over his last 23 innings at Wrigley Field Burnett has allowed two runs and seven hits

Soriano's homer was the 379th of his career, tying him with Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 64th on the all-time list.

The Pirates tagged Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (3-7) for eight hits, including Alvarez's two-run home run in the fourth, his team-high 13th of the year. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one in six innings.

Martin's homer, a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Hector Rondon, was the 100th of his career.

The Pirates jumped on Samardzija for a run in the second on Garrett Jones' double and Alvarez's one-out RBI single. Pittsburgh added a run in the third when Starling Marte ended a streak of 14 hitless at_bats with a single, stole second and came in on Travis Snider's single.

Alvarez homered to right field after Martin led off with a walk in the fourth to increase the Pirates' lead to 4-0.

In the eighth, Martin sent a 3-2 pitch by Rondon into the seats in left for a two-out home run after Andrew McCutchen had drawn a walk.

Pittsburgh beat Chicago for the fifth straight time and handed the Cubs their fifth loss in the last six games overall.

NOTES: Pittsburgh RHP Jeff Karstens, on the disabled list since March 26 with a shoulder inflammation, had surgery Friday on his right rotator cuff and labrum in Los Angeles. He'll be able to begin a rehab process in 10 to 12 weeks. ... The Pirates placed RHP Jared Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with a throwing shoulder inflammation and recalled OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley had been sent down Monday when Hughes was called up. Hughes has returned to Pittsburgh for more evaluation. ... Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fuikawa, who went on the 60-day DL May 27 with a muscular strain in his right forearm, is expected to have surgery Tuesday after an exam on Monday. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro, dropped from second to seventh in the order on June 4, continued to struggle. He went 0 for 3 and is mired in a 3-for-34 slump. ... Sunday's pitchers: Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.45) vs. Chicago right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-8, 6.29).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Pirates at Cubs
Fri, Jun 7 Final 2 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Pirates at Cubs
Sat, Jun 8 Final 6 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Pirates at Cubs
Sun, Jun 9 Final 1 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  +101   -220   7 
 CHC  -111   +180   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  +103   -210   7 
 CHC  -113   +175   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  53%   6%   48% 
 CHC  47%   94%   52% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 2 Cover: +100 
 CHC 0 Under: 2 
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 May 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 2 Under: 6 
 PIT 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 0 Under: 1 
 PIT 1 Cover: +100 
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 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Over: 9 
 PIT 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 3 Cover: +135 
 PIT 2 Under: 5 
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 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 0 Under: 3 
 PIT 3 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 3 Cover: +115 
 PIT 1 Under: 4 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jun 8
 
    Angels at Red Sox
1:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Tigers
4:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Nationals
4:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at White Sox
4:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Red Sox
7:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Royals
7:15 PM EDT
    Phillies at Brewers
7:15 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Reds
7:15 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
7:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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