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Rusch steps in for injured Prior, lifts Cubs over Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Glendon Rusch did his part to help Chicago's injury-riddled pitching staff.

Rusch filled in for Mark Prior with five solid innings and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 Sunday for their third straight win.

Prior was scratched before the game with a strained muscle in his left side, suffered while he was taking batting practice Saturday. The team said it was too early to decide whether the injury would put the right-hander on the disabled list for the seventh time in his five-year career.

"That hurts, big time, because he was just starting to come around," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said.

It was tough news for the Cubs, who learned Saturday that Kerry Wood could miss the rest of the season with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff.

Rusch (3-7) allowed two runs and four hits in his first start since June 16. He struck out five and walked two.

"He gave us all he had, he hadn't gone that far in a long time," Baker said.

Aramis Ramirez hit his 16th homer and went 3-for-4, Jacque Jones finished with three hits and scored two runs, and Matt Murton had two RBI for Chicago.

The Cubs head into the All-Star break in fifth place in the NL Central with a 34-54 record but they're hoping their winning streak will lead to bigger things in the second half.

"I look at this series here definitely being good for us," said Rusch, who found out he was starting when he arrived at Miller Park on Sunday morning. "Other than (Chris) Capuano shutting us out, I think we played pretty well here. Hopefully, this will carry over after these four off days."

Jones was one of the few productive Cubs in the first half, batting .306 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI. He said Baker shouldn't be blamed for the team's poor start.

"The manager, man, he got us prepared to play," he said. "He can't throw, and he can't hit, and he can't field, and he can't do any of that for us.

"We played as bad as we could play in the first half. It had nothing to do with him. All we can do is try to go out and right the ship."

With the break following Sunday's game, Baker was able to use six relievers over the final four innings.

"We'll take a little rest and continue where we left off," Baker said. "It's always good to go into (the break) with a winning streak."

Four of the six walks issued by Brewers starter Doug Davis (5-6) scored. The left-hander pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits with four strikeouts.

"There's an old saying (that) walks will kill you," Davis said. "They killed us today. When I made pitches, they hit it. They had my number today."

The Cubs scored three runs in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Pinch-hitter Phil Nevin walked with the bases loaded and Pierre followed with a two-run double down the left-field line.

Murton added an RBI single in the seventh and Angel Pagan's homer gave the Cubs a 9-2 lead in the eighth.

Rickie Weeks hit a solo homer and Carlos Lee had a two-run drive for the Brewers. Lee's 26th homer in the eighth cut the Chicago lead to 9-4.

The Cubs trailed 2-1 when Ramirez led off the fourth with a homer. Michael Barrett then walked, Jones doubled and Murton's sacrifice fly gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

Ronny Cedeno followed with a perfect suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Jones to make it 4-2.

Notes

  • Prior was winless in four starts since returning from the DL with a strained muscle in his right shoulder. He only has made 101 starts in five seasons.
  • Brewers LHP Chris Capuano was named to the NL All-Star team before Sunday's game, replacing Tom Glavine of the New York Mets.
  • Brewers LHP Jorge De La Rosa made his third rehab start Saturday night, pitching five innings for Double-A Huntsville, allowing one unearned run and three hits without a walk. He struck out one and received the victory in the win over Birmingham.
  • The three-game winning streak for the Cubs matches their season high, accomplished three other times.
  • The four-game series drew 162,294 fans, with the final three games listed as sellouts.
  • RHP Tomo Ohka made his second rehab start Sunday, pitching six innings for Single-A Brevard County against Palm Beach. He gave up one unearned run and six hits.
 
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Glendon Rusch allows two runs, four hits and K's five over five innings in his first start since June 16.  (AP)
Glendon Rusch allows two runs, four hits and K's five over five innings in his first start since June 16. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5123101 .275
Todd Walker, 2B4020103 .291
    Bob Howry, P00000001.000
   a- John Mabry, PH0000100 .213
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B6000038 .277
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4132111 .259
Michael Barrett, C3200204 .320
Jacque Jones, RF5330010 .306
Matt Murton, LF2112100 .278
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .250
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Neifi Perez, 2B1110000 .255
Ronny Cedeno, SS4001025 .257
Glendon Rusch, P2010000 .250
   b- Phil Nevin, PH0001100 .223
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
    Angel Pagan, LF1211100 .275
Totals371114109722 
a-walked for Howry in the 9th
b-walked for Rusch in the 6th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (17, Davis), Todd Walker (15, Gonzalez), Jacque Jones 2 (19, Davis, Helling), Neifi Perez (10, Eveland)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (16, Davis), Angel Pagan (3, Gonzalez)
SF - Matt Murton (2)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (10)
RBI - Juan Pierre 3 (16), Aramis Ramirez 2 (52), Matt Murton 2 (27), Ronny Cedeno (23), Phil Nevin (43), Angel Pagan (6)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (7), Aramis Ramirez (15), Matt Murton (9)
SB - Juan Pierre (30, 2nd base off Davis/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barrett-Ramirez
E - Ronny Cedeno (15, misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Glendon Rusch (W,3-7) 5422251 7.76
Will Ohman 0.2000010 4.38
Scott Williamson 0.2200020 4.10
Roberto Novoa 0.2122001 5.36
Scott Eyre 0.2200020 2.38
Bob Howry 0.1000000 3.12
Ryan Dempster 1100020 4.76
HBP - Jenkins (by Roberto Novoa)
WP - Will Ohman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Glendon Rusch 84-56, Will Ohman 12-8, Scott Williamson 14-9, Roberto Novoa 8-7, Scott Eyre 18-12, Bob Howry 3-2, Ryan Dempster 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glendon Rusch 3-6, Will Ohman 2-0, Roberto Novoa 1-1, Bob Howry 1-0
Batters Faced - Glendon Rusch 20, Will Ohman 3, Scott Williamson 4, Roberto Novoa 4, Scott Eyre 4, Bob Howry 1, Ryan Dempster 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111012 .275
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5120012 .333
Geoff Jenkins, RF2100101 .264
    Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000011 .256
Carlos Lee, LF4122101 .290
Prince Fielder, 1B4011033 .265
Bill Hall, SS4000023 .263
Damian Miller, C3000020 .273
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Hart, PH-RF1010000 .333
Brady Clark, CF4020000 .274
Doug Davis, P2000020 .083
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Rivera, PH-C2010002 .333
Totals37410421215 
a-struck out for Kolb in the 9th
b-singled for Gonzalez in the 8th
c-singled for Helling in the 7th
Batting
HR - Rickie Weeks (8, Rusch), Carlos Lee (26, Novoa)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (31), Carlos Lee 2 (73), Prince Fielder (46)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (21)
CS - Geoff Jenkins (1, 3rd base by Rusch/Barrett)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hall-Fielder, Weeks-Hall-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,5-6) 5.1777641 4.95
Rick Helling 1.2311000 5.87
Geremi Gonzalez 1211111 4.91
Dana Eveland 0.2222210 8.77
Dan Kolb 0.1000010 6.28
WP - Doug Davis (2), Dan Kolb (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 91-51, Rick Helling 17-14, Geremi Gonzalez 26-14, Dana Eveland 22-9, Dan Kolb 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-5, Rick Helling 1-3, Geremi Gonzalez 1-1, Dana Eveland 1-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 28, Rick Helling 7, Geremi Gonzalez 6, Dana Eveland 6, Dan Kolb 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41528
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez