Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cubs 14, Pirates 4 3-Run Homers, 9-Run Fifth Launch Rout Bedard Gets Rocked in 4 1/3 Innings to Lose His League-High 12th

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cubs 14, Pirates 4 3-Run Homers, 9-Run Fifth Launch Rout Bedard Gets Rocked in 4 1/3 Innings to Lose His League-High 12th

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CHICAGO -- The second half of the season had been going so well for Erik Bedard.

But progress turned putrid Monday at Wrigley Field.

Bedard was clubbed by the Cubs, who tagged the Pirates' left- hander for a season high nine runs, eight earned, in a 14-4 rout.

It was the 12th loss of the season for Bedard, the most in the major leagues.

A pair of three-run home runs sunk Bedard, who left the game after 41/3 innings, having surrendered seven hits. The first three- run blast gave the Cubs a two-run lead in the fourth inning. The second put the game out of reach.

Bedard had not allowed a home run since the All-Star break and had allowed two earned runs over 132/3 in two starts since.

The Cubs scored nine runs in the fifth inning, including four off Pirates reliever Chris Resop, who served up a two-run homer to Starlin Castro as the Cubs surged ahead, 13-2.

The fifth inning featured 12 Cubs batters, eight hits and a fielding error by Pedro Alvarez that got the whole inning started. Emblematic of how bad things were going for the Pirates, a ground ball hit by David DeJesus down the right-field line that would have been the third out bounced off first base and rolled into right field, allowing two runs to score.

It also featured a trade, as starting center fielder, Reed Johnson, was pulled from the on-deck circle about an hour before it was announced he was traded to the Braves, along with former Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm.

Fittingly, Johnson was the only starting position player who didn't have a hit Monday against the Pirates.

Later in the game, the Cubs traded starting catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers.

Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs slugging rookie, cranked his eighth home run in 28 games this season -- the second of Bedard's home run balls.

The eight earned runs are the second most allowed by a Pirates starter this season, second only to A.J. Burnett's 12-run outing against the St. Louis Cardinals in May.

Pirates rookie Starling Marte went 3 for 4 with an RBI, boosting his average to . …

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