Cubs Blow Big Lead, But Beat Pirates

Pittsburgh fights back from 7-0 deficit, forcing Chicago to win in extras
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 6:57 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino, right, takes the high throw from right field as Chicago Cubs' Ryan Theriot scores the go ahead run on a 12th inning sacrifice fly by Cubs' Aramis Ramirez in a...   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – Aramis Ramirez's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run during a two-run 12th inning in which the Cubs didn't have a hit off rookie Evan Meek, and Chicago rallied after squandering a seven-run lead to win the Pittsburgh Pirates' home opener 10-8 Monday. 

Former starter Jon Lieber (1-1) gave a depleted bullpen a big lift with three scoreless innings before Carlos Marmol finished up in the 12th for his first save since June 27, helping the Cubs win their third in the row. John Russell followed his five immediate predecessors as the Pirates' manager, a group that includes World Series winners Jim Leyland and Chuck Tanner, by losing his home debut.