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CHICAGO -- The Pirates will be without one of their hottest hitters at least for the next two days, as left fielder Starling Marte left the team to attend to a personal matter in his Dominican Republic home.

Marte rushed off Saturday morning, and will miss the final two games of the Bucs' series against the Cubs.

"I anticipate him being back Monday," said manager Clint Hurdle.

The Pirates will be in Tampa Bay on Monday beginning a three-game Interleague series against the Rays.

Marte carried a 10-game hitting streak into Friday's series opener here in which he was hitless in four at-bats. He has hit .316 since taking up permanent residence eight games ago in the two-hole between Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen.

Josh Harrison, spelling Pedro Alvarez at third against Chicago left-hander Travis Wood, batted second and Jose Tabata took over in left.

Tabata began the game with a .393 average against southpaws this season.

"You never want anybody to have to get away, but we got a very capable Plan B," Hurdle said of Tabata, "that just turned into Plan A."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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