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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 11, Pirates 6

By Bruce Levine



PITTSBURGH -- Here is a quick look at the Cubs' 11-6 victory over the Pirates.

How it happened: In a six-homer, 21-hit attack, the Cubs gave a hiuge cushion to starter Randy Wells. The Cubs put up one run in the first on Aramis Ramirez's RBI single. Tyler Colvin's 450-foot home run cleared the back wall of PNC Park and bounced into the river in the second inning to tie the game 2-2. It was Colvin's first home run since April 12. Ramirez hit a three-run homer to center later in the inning to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead. The Cubs knocked out Pirates starter Kevin Correia in the third inning with two more home runs coming back to back by Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano. Wells won his third game of the season and second in three starts, striking out a season-high seven in six innings.

What it means: The Cubs have their second three-game win streak of the season. They hit six home runs in a game for the first time since Sept. 17, 2006 against the Cincinnati Reds. Soriano went deep twice in a game for the 28th time in his career.

Outside the box: Casey Coleman is pitching well at Triple-A Iowa. He got a no-decision on Monday night, going six innings and allowing two runs. He could be back in the majors shortly.

Next: The Cubs continue their four-game series against the Pirates with a 6:05 p.m. start on Wednesday. Matt Garza (4-8 3.99) opposes Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04).