Series: Game 2 of 2

Chi Cubs won 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 20
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 21
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Game 3: Thursday, April 22
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Cubs 12

(9-6, 5-3 away)

Pirates 1

(7-7, 2-3 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 21, 2004

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: S. Mitre (1-0)

    L: J. Fogg (0-3)

    Patterson has five hits

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Managers always talk about wanting their teams to play all nine innings. The Chicago Cubs are showing the Pittsburgh Pirates a different kind of game: one inning and done.

    Corey Patterson had five hits and the Cubs scored eight runs in their second big first inning in two nights, leading them past the Pirates 12-1 Wednesday night.

    Sergio Mitre pitched six shutout innings for his first major league win and Chicago had another huge night on offense. Patterson went 5-for-6 with a first-inning double and an RBI, and Moises Alou and Derrek Lee had three RBI each.

    The Cubs have won six of eight -- four straight against the Pirates -- while averaging 8.2 runs in their last 10 games. They are averaging 13 hits in their nine victories, including a 9-1 win Tuesday in which they opened a 4-0 lead in the first.

    "Our guys are swinging the bat real well right now and putting a lot of pressure on them," Michael Barrett said. "We're keeping our intensity during all our at-bats, even when we're ahead."

    Mitre (1-0) struck out seven and limited the Pirates to four singles. He was 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in his first five career games.

    "With a big lead, I was trying not to lose focus and lose my concentration. It's always a little bit hard, but everything seemed to work out," Mitre said. "Hopefully, I get more of these."

    Mitre wasn't referring to his first victory, but to the celebratory shaving cream pie in the face he got from his teammates.

    "It's definitely fun," he said.

    Not for the Pirates, who have been outscored 21-2 in the first two games of the three-game series and 39-10 over their last four against Chicago. So far in the series, Pirates starters Ryan Vogelsong and Josh Fogg have allowed 13 earned runs and 12 hits in five innings.

    Vogelsong might have been tipping his pitches Tuesday. But the Cubs apparently didn't need any help in figuring out what Fogg was throwing.

    Fogg (0-3) didn't retire any of the six batters he faced, though he didn't get much help from a leaky infield defense. Fogg has a 17.00 ERA in three starts.

    "It shows our guys are ready from the opening bell," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "You get the first at-bat, so you might as well do something with it and they certainly did something with it tonight."

    Fogg has been especially ineffective against the Cubs, allowing 14 earned runs and 12 hits in four innings. He allowed four homers in a 10-5 loss Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Fogg kept the ball in the playing field this time, and that might have been his biggest mistake. After walking Todd Walker and Sammy Sosa around Patterson's double in the first, Alou followed with a two-run single.

    Aramis Ramirez reached when first baseman Craig Wilson took the throw well off the bag on a seemingly routine grounder, and Lee hit a two-run double.

    Wilson also threw home late on Walker's grounder later in the inning, failing to get anybody instead of taking the certain out at first and helping extend the Cubs' biggest inning in the last two seasons. They twice scored seven runs in an inning last season.

    "Horrible," Fogg said. "I came in trying to get groundballs, but I walked a couple of guys and got in a terrible situation. I wanted to stay in there and try to work through it ... but it was 5-0 and I'd thrown 32 pitches and nobody was out."

    The only thing missing from the Cubs' offense was a homer; they hit 30 in their first 14 games, well ahead of the club's single-season record pace of 212 in 1998.

    The Pirates didn't score until Abraham Nunez's RBI single in the ninth against Joe Borowski, the Cubs' fourth pitcher.

    "It was just a bad night from the start," said Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, whose team came into the series off a three-game sweep of the Mets.

    Game notes

    Alou is 18-for-34 in his last eight games. ... Wilson was supposed to start in right field, but was shifted to first when Randall Simon (hamstring) was a late scratch. Simon grounded into a force play as a pinch-hitter in the second. ... Cubs SS Alex Gonzalez is 9-for-17 in his last four games. ... Patterson's first career five-hit game raised his average from .255 to .311. His previous high was four hits, reached four times before this season. ... The forecast was for heavy rain during the game, but there was nothing more than a steady mist.

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