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Willis stumps hapless Cubs, earns 18th win of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Dontrelle Willis used his arm and hip Saturday to tie for the major league lead with his 18th win.

Willis beat Greg Maddux, driving in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Florida Marlins' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Willis (18-8) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out six, walked one and hit one batter.

"He gives us a pretty good outing every time he goes out there," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "He's an 18-game winner. He's going to be a 20-game winner, there's no doubt in my mind. He just makes the hitters hit the ball and doesn't mess around too much."

Willis matched Chris Carpenter of St. Louis with 18 wins and tied the Marlins' season record, set by Carl Pavano last year.

"It's a great feeling," Willis said. "It's definitely a team effort. You have to have lot of things go your way. Today I was hit and that ended up being the winning run. I've been very fortunate to stay healthy and stay strong."

He drove in the go-ahead run when he was hit on the right hip on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth.

"I tried to dodge it, but it was on me so quick, and I have a big backside," Willis said.

Maddux (10-11) pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game of the season, striking out two, walking one and hitting two batters. He has about five starts left as he tries to extend his league record of 17 consecutive seasons with 15 or more wins.

"It's one of those games when you look back and you pitched just good enough to lose," Maddux said. "He pitched a good game. We knew going into the game we needed to hold them close and we might get him later."

It was just the third time in his 20-year major-league career that Maddux hit a batter with the bases loaded, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also plunked Mark Carreon of the New York Mets on Aug. 10, 1990, and F.P. Santangelo of Montreal on Sept. 8, 1998.

"It's OK to be wild, but when you're wild in tight, you run the risk of hitting the guy," Maddux said.

Nomar Garciaparra was back at third base and did not have a fielding chance. He played the position Friday for the first time since high school and made a throwing error as the replacement for injured regular Aramis Ramirez.

Florida won its third straight. The Marlins moved within a half-game of Philadelphia, the NL wild-card leader.

Guillermo Mota relieved Willis with a runner on second and one out in the eighth, then retired Derrek Lee and Michael Barrett on flyouts. Todd Jones finished for his 31st save in 33 chances, his 21st in a row.

Chicago has lost six of seven.

For the second consecutive day, Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch leading off the first and stole second. Jeff Conine sacrificed and Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly.

Jeromy Burnitz hit an RBI double in the fourth following a single by Garciaparra, but the Marlins went ahead for good in the fifth.

Juan Encarnacion doubled leading off, ending a streak of nine consecutive batters retired by Maddux, Damion Easley reached on a bunt single and Matt Treanor walked. Maddux then hit Willis.

Notes

  • Pierre stole two bases for the second straight game.
  • The Cubs purchased the contract of INF Scott McClain from Triple-A Iowa. McClain, 33, had spent the entire season at Iowa, where he hit .291 with 30 homers and 93 RBI in 121 games.
  • Florida recalled RHP John Riedling from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned C Ryan Jorgensen to their top farm team. Riedling joined the Marlins for his third stint this season. He's 4-1 with a 6.33 ERA in 28 games and 27 innings with Florida. At Albuquerque, he was 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA 14 games.
 
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Juan Pierre slides in safely to score the Marlins' first run of the game.  (AP)
Juan Pierre slides in safely to score the Marlins' first run of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Burnitz
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

D. Willis
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF3110001 .266
Jeff Conine, LF-1B3000000 .304
Miguel Cabrera, 3B-LF3011001 .334
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000011 .291
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .500
Juan Encarnacion, RF4120001 .300
Damion Easley, 2B4010011 .229
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000002 .264
Matt Treanor, C2000100 .214
    Paul Lo Duca, C0000000 .303
Dontrelle Willis, P2001000 .229
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lowell, 3B0000000 .234
Totals28252127 
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (37, Maddux), Juan Encarnacion (21, Maddux)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (6)
SH - Jeff Conine (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (91), Dontrelle Willis (8)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (46, 2nd base off Maddux/Barrett, 3rd base off Maddux/Barrett)
Team LOB - 4
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (W,18-8) 7.1611160 2.61
Guillermo Mota (H,12) 0.2000000 4.24
Todd Jones (S,31) 1100010 1.07
HBP - Walker (by Dontrelle Willis)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 106-67, Guillermo Mota 9-5, Todd Jones 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-7, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Guillermo Mota 2, Todd Jones 4
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Jr. Hairston, LF4010011 .264
Todd Walker, 2B2010001 .303
Derrek Lee, 1B4000014 .347
Michael Barrett, C4000002 .289
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B4120010 .248
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4021011 .264
Neifi Perez, SS3000122 .275
Corey Patterson, CF4000003 .225
Greg Maddux, P3010010 .220
Totals321711714 
Batting
2B - Jeromy Burnitz 2 (28, Willis, T. Jones)
SH - Todd Walker (1)
RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (67)
CS - Jeromy Burnitz (4, 2nd base by Willis/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Walker-Perez-Lee, Walker-Perez-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Greg Maddux (L,10-11) 9522120 4.43
HBP - Pierre (by Greg Maddux), Willis (by Greg Maddux)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 102-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 13-10
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 33
Game Information
Attendance - 39202
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Marty Foster