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Zambrano, Cubs beat Dodgers with one-hitter

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Zambrano allowed just one hit in a game for the third time this season.

For the second time, he wound up with nothing to show for it.

Zambrano and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Neifi Perez drove in the go-ahead run with a one-out single in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Pinch-hitter Michael Barrett singled off Yhency Brazoban (2-1), the third Dodgers' pitcher, to start the 10th and Todd Hollandsworth sacrificed. Perez then sliced a single to left to drive in Barrett.

Michael Wuertz (4-2) blanked the Dodgers in the ninth, and Ryan Dempster worked the 10th for his second save in two nights and sixth in seven chances.

Zambrano allowed only one hit in eight innings -- a bloop double by Cesar Izturis in the third that drove in the Dodgers' run. Zambrano walked two, struck out nine and threw 123 pitches.

"He was nasty," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "When I went out to make a double-switch (in the ninth inning), the umpire (Ed Rapuano) told me, 'He pitched a heck of a game.' That he did."

It was the third time in Zambrano's 11 starts this season that he allowed just one hit -- the first was over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-0 victory over Milwaukee on April 9, and the second was over seven innings in a 5-3 loss to the White Sox on May 21 in a game where Zambrano got a no-decision.

"Every pitch is working for me right now," Zambrano said. "When you feel like that, you're going to have a good game. I did my job, pitching eight innings. The most important thing is, we won the game."

It appeared the ball hit by Izturis was going to be caught when it left the bat. But the Cubs were a bit slow to react.

"That ball was at the time of the day playing here where it's tough to see," Baker said.

Left fielder Jason Dubois and shortstop Perez agreed.

"We really didn't get a good read off the bat," Dubois said. "The ball was over Neifi's head. Me and (center fielder) Corey (Patterson), we didn't see it.'

Perez said he got a good jump, but lost the ball in the twilight.

The Dodgers had only four baserunners off Zambrano -- Hee-Seop Choi and Izturis in the third; J.D. Drew, who walked to begin the fourth, and Antonio Perez, who drew a two-out walk in the seventh.

The Cubs made several fine fielding plays to back Zambrano, including two outstanding catches of bloopers in short left field by Perez.

"He's tough," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of Zambrano. "I mean, you hear a lot of talk about Kerry Wood and Mark Prior -- and rightfully so -- but this guy doesn't have to take a back seat to anyone. He is, in my opinion, one of the better guys in our league."

The loss was the 11th in 16 games for the Dodgers, who fell 6½ games behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead against Brad Penny in the second when Aramis Ramirez singled, took third on a one-out double by Dubois and scored on Henry Blanco's infield out.

The Dodgers got an unearned run in the third. Choi struck out to start the inning, but reached first on Blanco's passed ball. Zambrano retired the next two batters before Izturis' blooper to left-center drove in Choi.

Penny allowed six hits and one run in a season-high eight innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He walked none, struck out three and threw 108 pitches.

"It's fun to pitch games like that," Penny said. "You want to go out and show you can beat these guys. Any time you get a chance to pitch against a guy like (Zambrano), the caliber of pitcher he is, you've got to be on top of your game."

Notes

  • An MRI revealed that Dodgers OF Milton Bradley has a slight ligament tear in his right ring finger. Tracy said Bradley will be sidelined at least until Friday. "They will put him in a brace over the next three days," Tracy said. "Beyond that, we'll find out if he can swing a bat and go on from there." Bradley, injured Sunday in Arizona, is hitting .298 with a team-leading 10 homers and 26 RBI.
  • Dodgers C Mike Rose made his first big-league start and went 0-for-4. The 28-year-old catcher struck out in his only two previous big-league at bats, with Oakland last season. He began his professional career in 1995.
  • Blanco's passed ball was the Cubs' first of the season, leaving the Colorado Rockies as the only major league team without a passed ball.
  • By winning the last two nights, the Cubs have a 931-930 record against the Dodgers since 1900.
  • The Dodgers were held to one hit for the first time since Sept. 14, 1999, when Montreal's Javier Vazquez one-hit them.
 
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Carlos Zambrano combines with two relievers to limit the Dodgers to only one hit. (Getty Images)
Carlos Zambrano combines with two relievers to limit the Dodgers to only one hit. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Izturis
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

C. Zambrano
IP 8.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
 
Chicago Cubs
Neifi Perez, SS5011000 .301
Todd Walker, 2B4000110 .297
Derrek Lee, 1B5030002 .363
Jeromy Burnitz, RF5000015 .259
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4130001 .267
    Jose Macias, PR-3B0000000 .273
Corey Patterson, CF4010024 .278
Jason Dubois, LF4010023 .258
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .077
Henry Blanco, C3001000 .130
   a- Michael Barrett, PH-C1110000 .285
Carlos Zambrano, P3000001 .259
    Todd Hollandsworth, LF0000000 .202
Totals3821021616 
a-singled for Blanco in the 10th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (14, Penny), Jason Dubois (9, Penny)
SH - Todd Hollandsworth (1)
RBI - Neifi Perez (21), Henry Blanco (3)
SB - Jose Macias (2, 2nd base off Gagne/Rose)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Henry Blanco (1)
E - Corey Patterson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 8110290 3.22
Michael Wuertz (W,4-2) 1000130 4.01
Ryan Dempster (S,6) 1000000 4.95
HBP - Perez (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 124-79, Michael Wuertz 18-11, Ryan Dempster 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-9, Ryan Dempster 2-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Michael Wuertz 4, Ryan Dempster 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS4011000 .342
Jayson Werth, RF3000121 .192
J.D. Drew, CF3000121 .251
Jeff Kent, 2B4000032 .261
Ricky Ledee, LF4000012 .287
Antonio Perez, 3B2000121 .450
Hee Seop Choi, 1B3100011 .256
Mike Rose, C4000002 .000
Brad Penny, P2000011 .125
   a- Oscar Robles, PH1000000 .192
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .341
Totals3111131212 
a-grounded out for Penny in the 8th
b-grounded out for Wunsch in the 10th
Batting
2B - Cesar Izturis (11, Zambrano)
SH - Hee Seop Choi (1)
RBI - Cesar Izturis (20)
2-OUT RBI - Cesar Izturis (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rose
E - Ricky Ledee (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny 8611030 3.18
Eric Gagne 1200020 3.68
Yhency Brazoban (L,2-1) 0.2211100 4.43
Kelly Wunsch 0.1000010 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 109-74, Eric Gagne 24-16, Yhency Brazoban 23-13, Kelly Wunsch 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 11-9, Eric Gagne 1-0, Yhency Brazoban 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Eric Gagne 5, Yhency Brazoban 5, Kelly Wunsch 1
Game Information
Attendance - 37221
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi