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Cubs 7, Brewers 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- On a night Carlos Zambrano added six strikeouts to his National League-leading total, it was a double play grounder that made the difference as he won his fifth straight decision.

The right-hander allowed one run over six innings Friday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Zambrano (8-3) gave up five hits and walked three while increasing his strikeout total to 124.

"Up until the sixth inning, he was throwing strikes," Cubs catcher Michael Barrett said. "He just was relentless in the strike zone."

And very effective.

"I was feeling good today," Zambrano said. "I threw good pitches today."

Especially one in the sixth inning.

Carlos Lee, who came into the game batting .367 against Zambrano in his career, had an RBI single in the sixth to cut Chicago's lead to 3-1. With the bases loaded and no outs, Zambrano got Bill Hall to ground into a 1-2-3 double play and then struck out Gabe Gross to end the inning.

"That was a huge play," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "This team can put up some runs in a hurry and that was a big, big double play, especially against a guy like Bill E. Hall, he's been tough on us for the last few years. That was huge."

Todd Walker homered in the seventh, his fourth, to make it 4-1 and the Cubs added three runs in the eighth.

"We just couldn't scratch a run across," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Aramis Ramirez gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first when his single drove in Juan Pierre, who had doubled for the first of his three hits. It was Ramirez's team-leading 50th RBI this season and the 600th of his career.

Rookie left-hander Zach Jackson (1-2) gave up three runs and four hits, walked four and struck out two in losing his second straight.

After Barrett doubled to lead off the Cubs' sixth and Ramirez and Phil Nevin walked. Jacque Jones' fielder's choice grounder made it 2-0 and chased Jackson. The Cubs pushed across another run against reliever Jose Capellan.

"I've got to get deeper into the game," Jackson said. "If you're excited to get into the fifth inning, there's something wrong. Even into the sixth."

Mike Rivera, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, homered in the ninth off Ryan Dempster to make it 7-2.


  • In the bottom of the fourth, home plate umpire Mike Everitt took a foul ball off his collarbone and stayed in a crouched position for several minutes. Brewers head trainer Roger Caplinger examined Everitt, who stayed in the game.
  • Pierre has 32 multi-hit games.
  • Friday's attendance was 41,172, the sixth sellout this season for the Brewers.
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Players of the Game

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

C. Zambrano
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 6

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5231000 .274
Todd Walker, 2B4111102 .286
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Michael Barrett, C4121102 .312
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3111203 .252
Phil Nevin, 1B2000202 .223
    Bob Howry, P00000001.000
    Angel Pagan, LF1000010 .237
Jacque Jones, RF5111012 .305
Matt Murton, LF4121012 .273
    Neifi Perez, 2B1000000 .250
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000024 .260
Carlos Zambrano, P3000012 .158
    John Mabry, 1B1001000 .216
2B - Juan Pierre (16, Jackson), Michael Barrett (11, Jackson)
HR - Todd Walker (4, Capellan)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (9)
RBI - Juan Pierre (13), Todd Walker (35), Michael Barrett (32), Aramis Ramirez (50), Jacque Jones (45), Matt Murton (23), John Mabry (6)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (6), Michael Barrett (12), Aramis Ramirez (14)
SB - Juan Pierre (27, 3rd base off Shouse/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Zambrano-Barrett-Nevin
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,8-3) 6511360 3.24
Bob Howry (H,11) 1000120 3.19
Scott Eyre 1100110 2.43
Ryan Dempster 1111011 5.02
WP - Scott Eyre (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 112-74, Bob Howry 21-11, Scott Eyre 31-20, Ryan Dempster 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-4, Bob Howry 1-0, Scott Eyre 1-1, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 25, Bob Howry 4, Scott Eyre 5, Ryan Dempster 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5010032 .280
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5110002 .339
Geoff Jenkins, RF3010101 .269
Carlos Lee, LF3021100 .287
Prince Fielder, 1B3010112 .268
Bill Hall, SS4000033 .270
Gabe Gross, CF3000124 .261
Mike Rivera, C4111011 .250
Zach Jackson, P1000000 .143
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   a- Brady Clark, PH0000100 .270
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Hart, PH1000000 .319
a-walked for Capellan in the 7th
b-grounded out for Helling in the 9th
3B - Geoff Jenkins (1, Zambrano)
HR - Mike Rivera (1, Dempster)
SH - Zach Jackson (3)
RBI - Carlos Lee (71), Mike Rivera (1)
Team LOB - 9
E - Bill Hall (12, missed catch)
Milwaukee Brewers
Zach Jackson (L,1-2) 5.1433420 5.94
Jose Capellan 1.2211121 4.15
Dan Kolb 0.1222000 6.35
Brian Shouse 0.1211100 3.18
Rick Helling 1.1000020 5.93
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Jackson 98-57, Jose Capellan 36-23, Dan Kolb 8-5, Brian Shouse 16-7, Rick Helling 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Jackson 7-7, Dan Kolb 1-0, Brian Shouse 1-0, Rick Helling 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Jackson 24, Jose Capellan 8, Dan Kolb 3, Brian Shouse 4, Rick Helling 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41172
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Tom Hallion