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Wow- you know things are going bad when you're losing to the Pirates like that:

The pesky Pirates did it again.

Jose Tabata hit an RBI double with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs for their eighth win in 10 meetings this season.

With the game tied at 1 in the ninth against Andrew Cashner (0-2), Ryan Doumit singled to right and moved up on Ronny Cedeno's sacrifice. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church walked, and Cashner was lifted for Carlos Marmol. Tabata then doubled to center to drive in Doumit. Both Doumit and Church hesitated on the bases, apparently unsure whether Tyler Colvin, who had just switched from right to center, was going to catch the ball in the gap.

Paul Maholm (5-6) picked up the win, giving up one run on seven hits over eight innings.

Aramis Ramirez singled to lead off the second and reached third one out later on Geovany Soto's double that dropped between Lastings Milledge and Bobby Crosby in shallow right. Crosby, whose head collided with Milledge's right shoulder, was shook up on the play and left the game one inning later. Ramirez scored on a throwing error by Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who threw wildly to home plate after fielding Starlin Castro's grounder.

With one out in the third, Tabata walked and stole second before scoring one out later on Andrew McCutchen's triple that sailed over right fielder Colvin to tie the game.

Chicago starter Randy Wells did not get a decision, giving up one run on three hits and four walks over six innings.

The Cubs missed an opportunity with one out in the seventh when Castro doubled and moved up on pinch-hitter Jeff Baker's single. But Ryan Theriot grounded into a double play.

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