PITTSBURGH – Matt Hague was hit by a pitch from Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates sent the Chicago Cubs to their 11th straight loss with a 3-2 victory Saturday night.
Hague took a 96 mph fastball from Dolis (2-4) in the left side, scoring Jose Tabata and eliciting an incredulous look to the sky by the Cubs reliever.
Dolis also walked Josh Harrison and Neil Walker earlier in the ninth after Tabata had singled to lead off the inning.
The punchless Cubs offense continued to struggle, managing six hits against Kevin Correia and three relievers. Closer Joel Hanrahan (2-0) had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth.
Alfonso Soriano homered and Starlin Castro had an RBI triple for the Cubs, who have scored eight runs in their past six games.
The Cubs are enduring their longest losing streak in 15 years. This is the 11th time in their 137-year history that they have lost at least 11 games in a row.
Andrew McCutchen reached base four times and scored a run for Pittsburgh, which has taken the first two games of this series despite scoring a total of four runs.
Longtime Pirates starter Paul Maholm received a no-decision in his first game against his former club.
Twenty-two of the Pirates' 46 games this season have been decided by one run, and Pittsburgh improved to 13-9 in such contests.
The Cubs intentionally walked McCutchen with a runner at second and one out of a scoreless game in the third. McCutchen has reached base in 33 consecutive games played against Chicago.
Alvarez followed with a single to center, scoring Tabata. Walker then drove McCutchen home with a sacrifice fly.
Soriano's homer to right-center in the fourth, his fifth, snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for the Cubs. They entered the fourth having scored during four of their previous 59 innings but made it two consecutive in the fifth when Castro had their first hit with runners in scoring position in 27 at-bats over five days.
David DeJesus doubled with two outs and Castro followed with a triple to right to tie it at 2.
The PNC Park career leader in starts, victories, strikeouts and innings, Maholm was pulled after five innings (94 pitches). He was charged with two runs on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts in five innings.
Chicago missed on a chance to take its first lead in 24 innings when pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lined a double into the corner in right but Blake Lalli was thrown out at the plate.
Lalli was the final batter Correia would face. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.
Correia had lost his previous five starts.
Notes: Soriano's home run broke a 17-inning scoreless streak by Pirates pitchers. ... Harrison's hitting streak ended at 10 games. ... The Pirates have allowed two or fewer runs in 15 of 23 home games this season. ... Pittsburgh improved to 7-1 when playing on a Saturday this season. ... In the series finale Sunday, Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (2-5, 3.52) faces RHP Matt Garza (2-2, 3.72). Garza pitched seven shutout innings in his only previous outing at PNC Park, Aug. 3, 2011.