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Through his first 25 starts of the season, Duke (10-14) had gone at least five innings every time, and at least six innings all but twice. In two of his past three outings, he was knocked out of the game early.
On Tuesday, he was charged with eight runs and 12 hits in four innings. He has lost five of his past six decisions and is 2-9 since beginning the season 8-5.
NOTES: The most recent NL team to begin a game with eight hits was the Pirates on Aug. 26, 1975, against Atlanta. ... Cubs OF Milton Bradley left the game after the top of the first with tightness in his legs. He was replaced by Hoffpauir. ... Jones leads all rookies in homers. ... Cubs manager Lou Piniella said before the game that injured OF Alfonso Soriano will not play until at least well into the team's upcoming homestand, if then. Soriano has not played since Thursday due to left knee inflammation. ... The Cubs clinched winning a road series for the first time in five tries.
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