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Los Angeles at Chicago

Final 11th
L.A. Dodgers
Chi. Cubs
W: D. Aardsma (2-0) L: T. Hamulack (0-3)
HR: LA - R. Furcal (11)   CHC - None

Cubs overcome six errors, 7-0 deficit to beat Dodgers in 11

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs turned some ugly baseball into a sweet victory.

Cesar Izturis singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th against his former team Tuesday night as the Cubs overcame six errors and a 7-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8.

"It wasn't pretty, but we won," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "The wildest game I've seen. ... We made a week's worth of errors in one game."

Matt Murton drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th off Tim Hamulack (0-3) and, after a fielder's choice and fly out, Aramis Ramirez also walked.

Izturis, traded for Greg Maddux on July 31, sent a single through the middle to score pinch-runner Juan Mateo, a pitcher who lumbered around third and just made it to the plate as Dodgers center fielder Kenny Lofton threw home.

"He's a pitcher, but he scored," Izturis said. "They got the lead early and we came back. It's just nice to have a W like that."

David Aardsma (2-0), the eighth Cubs pitcher, got the win with two hitless innings.

The Cubs made their fifth and sixth errors of the game in the ninth when Izturis and Derrek Lee, both top-notch fielders, botched grounders to put runners at first and third.

"You won't see them make errors in the same inning ever," Baker said.

But they did and the Dodgers tied it when Russell Martin hit a double-play grounder to short and second baseman Ryan Theriot's throw to first was low and first baseman Lee couldn't scoop it as pinch-runner Lofton scored from third on the fielder's choice.

"I mean, that's baseball, part of the game," Izturis said.

In the eighth, J.D. Drew missed Theriot's fly ball along the wall down the right-field line for a three-base error and Lee followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Cubs an 8-7 lead.

The Dodgers began the night 1½ games ahead in the NL West.

Derek Lowe, looking for his 15th win, was staked to an early 7-0 lead but gave up seven hits and five runs in the fifth. He lasted five innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs before the Cubs tied it in the seventh against the Dodgers bullpen.

"I really let them back in the game," Lowe said. "I couldn't put a stop to the inning. With a 7-0 lead, you've got all the momentum."

Chicago loaded the bases in seventh against Brett Tomko on a single by Jacque Jones and two walks before pinch-hitter Ramirez greeted Jonathan Broxton with a game-tying two-run single.

Murton's two-run double highlighted the five-run fifth inning by the Cubs that featured seven hits, including five straight singles to start the inning and a throwing error on Rafael Furcal on one of those hits -- Buck Coats' infield single to short.

"Every game is important for us right now," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "You don't like the thought of being up 7-0 and losing. That game was decided in the fifth, not the 11th."

The Dodgers had what seemed to be a comfortable lead after Chicago second baseman Freddie Bynum made three errors in the first two innings, including two in a four-run first.

"The best thing is to forget about it. It's hard to forget about it, but you've got to go out there and do your job," Bynum said.

"It only gets in your head if you let it get in your head."

After Julio Lugo and Nomar Garciaparra singled with one out in the first, J.D. Drew walked to load the bases and Jeff Kent hit an RBI single.

When Andre Ethier grounded to Bynum, he initially looked to second, hesitated and then threw late to first for his first error. When Matt Kemp hit a grounder to short, Bynum took the relay from shortstop Ronny Cedeno and uncorked a throw past first for another error with two runs scoring to make it 4-0.

Bynum dropped Lowe's popup to start the second and Furcal hit his 11th homer, a long shot to left-center, for a 6-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Bynum nearly had his fourth error when he threw high to first on Drew's grounder, but Drew was given a hit because he raced down the line, arriving at the same time as the ball.

Chicago right fielder Jones missed Kemp's third-inning fly ball for the Cubs' fourth error and Russell Martin hit an RBI single for a 7-0 lead.

Chicago starter Sean Marshall gave up six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings, but only three of the seven runs against him were earned.


  • Garciaparra made his return to Wrigley Field. He spent part of 2004 and the 2005 seasons with the Cubs, his final season limited to 62 games by injuries. He singled in the first, his first career at-bat against the Cubs.
  • It was the Cubs' first six-error game since June 14, 1982, against the Phillies.
  • Six of the game's 17 runs were unearned.
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Chicago's Ryan Theriot gives the home crowd something to celebrate as the Cubs rally for a win.  (AP)
Chicago's Ryan Theriot gives the home crowd something to celebrate as the Cubs rally for a win. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Murton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 35618
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joe West