Once again, the Chicago Cubs wound up on the wrong end at Wrigley Field.
Chris Rusin was chased in the third inning and the Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 Tuesday night, setting a team record with their 50th home loss in a season.
''To lose that many games at home, it's something you got to stay away from,'' manager Dale Sveum said.
''For whatever reason, we got to score more runs at home and do something at home. This year has just been tough, (we) just seem to do more things on the road than we have at home,'' he said.
At 30-50, the Cubs have the second-fewest home wins in the majors. Houston has 24.
Rusin (2-6) gave up four runs and six hits in just 2 1-3 innings against the playoff-bound Pirates.
''All my offspeed stuff was up, my fastball was up,'' Rusin said. ''They took those pitches, got hits with them and put one over the fence. I just didn't keep the ball down today.''
Pedro Alvarez opened the scoring when his second-inning double to right got stuck in the ...