Ramirez Leads Cubs Over Pirates

Ties a career-high with four hits, Cubs beat Pittsburgh 13-6
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 6:58 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs catcher Henry Blanco, left, and Aramis Ramirez smile as they talk after the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-6 in a baseball game on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Chicago.   ((AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))
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(Newser) – Aramis Ramirez tied a career-high with four hits, including a two-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 13-6 Sunday to complete their second three-game sweep of the Pirates this season. Ryan Theriot added four hits, scored three runs and drove in two as Chicago won for the 11th time in 14 games and pounded the Pirates again.

With Saturday's 13-1 drubbing, this was the first time the Cubs scored 13 or more in back-to-back games since they did it against Florida and Atlanta on July 20-21, 2003. Chicago banged out a season-high 18 hits, the most since it had 20 against Cincinnati last August 16, while sending Pittsburgh to its fifth straight loss. (Read more MLB stories.)