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MLB: Chicago Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 4

July 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, July 30 (UPI) -- Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney each belted a three-run homer Monday, powering the Chicago Cubs to a 14-4 rout of Pittsburgh.

Barney finished 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI while Starlin Castro added a two-run home run and an RBI double for Chicago, which pounded out 14 hits in the opener of a three-game series.

Joe Mather and David DeJesus each knocked in a pair runs for the victors.

Justin Germano (1-1), making his first major league start since 2010, held the Pirates to two runs on four hits in a five-inning effort, walking two and striking out three.

Bucs starter Erik Bedard (5-12) was rocked for nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 frames.

Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Michael McKenry knocked in a pair for the second-place Bucs, who remained three games behind National League Central-leading Cincinnati.

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