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Cubs break loose after Sheets' departure, rout Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Cliff Floyd can sleep easy, at least for one night. A stream of losses had left one of the newest Chicago Cubs tossing and turning, unable to get his rest.

"I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight," Floyd said Wednesday after he and Derrek Lee had four hits each to pace a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee lost ace Ben Sheets to a groin strain in the third inning. The Cubs then stopped a three-game losing streak, using a five-run fourth inning that matched their run output of the previous two games. They are still just 4-9 at Wrigley Field.

"Sometimes it's a little difficult to play at home. The expectations are a little higher," Floyd said. "I told myself to have some fun and get ticked off at the pitcher, not yourself. You know what I mean? It's amazing how things can turn around if you put a little focus, a little anger into some things."

Sheets pitched three scoreless innings before leaving. In the bottom of the third, he reached down to tag out Ryan Theriot at third base, but actually got the injury after the final pitch of the inning on a chilly and damp 44-degree day.

"I didn't necessarily feel it on the pitch. It grabbed when I turned to look on that last ground ball," Sheets said. "I don't recall doing anything. I'm sure the elements probably played a part in some of that."

But the first-place Brewers weren't going to take any chances, so Sheets left. In came Elmer Dessens, who gave up five unearned runs.

"It wasn't that it was excruciating, by any means," Sheets said. "There was really no sense in pushing through it and taking that chance right now, especially with the weather the way it was."

Milwaukee's Ned Yost, managing his second game wafter breaking his broken collarbone while running near Wrigley Field on Tuesday, said Sheets will be re-evaluated Friday. He wasn't sure whether Sheets will miss his next start.

The Brewers' weary bullpen yielded 12 of Chicago's 16 hits and all nine runs. The Cubs' offense benefited from Sheets' departure.

"Hopefully he's OK now. But it's never fun facing him. He's a great pitcher," said Lee, who hit his first homer since Sept. 11, a fifth-inning drive off Matt Wise.

Lee, batting .393, got the silent treatment from his teammates in the dugout after his first homer came more than three weeks into the season.

"Honestly, I haven't been too worried about it," Lee said. "I feel really good at the plate and like I said, home runs are mostly by accident. And today it just happened to be a higher pitch and got into the air. My home runs are going to come."

Ted Lilly (2-2) allowed two runs -- one earned run -- and six hits in seven innings.

After Dessens (1-1) replaced Sheets, the Cubs scored quickly, helped by an error by shortstop J.J. Hardy, which made all five runs unearned.

"J.J should definitely make that play. And when you don't, you have to find ways to cover it up. We just didn't cover it," Yost said.

Aramis Ramirez walked and, one out later, Hardy couldn't come up with Jacque Jones' grounder. Mark DeRosa hit an RBI single, Felix Pie blooped a single that loaded the bases and Theriot delivered a two-run single. Floyd followed with a two-run double.

Milwaukee got two back in the fifth on Tony Graffanino's run-scoring single and an RBI grounder by pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn. Michael Barrett added a two-run single for the Cubs in the seventh.

Rickie Weeks homered off Michael Wuertz leading off the eighth. Lee had an RBI double in the bottom of the inning.

Notes

  • Johnny Estrada returned after missing a game with a bruised knee, the result of a collision with Prince Fielder on Monday night.
  • DeRosa stayed in the game in the seventh after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch from Chris Spurling
  • Lilly's third-inning single to shortstop was his second major league hit and first since 1999 when he was with Montreal.
  • Theriot got the start at shortstop as manager Lou Piniella tried to find a lift for the Cubs' struggling offense.
  • Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano was given the day off because of the conditions. He'd returned to the starting lineup Monday after a hamstring strain.
 
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Cliff Floyd gets into the act with four hits to help lift the Cubs back in the win column.  (AP)
Cliff Floyd gets into the act with four hits to help lift the Cubs back in the win column. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

C. Floyd
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111002 .241
J.J. Hardy, SS4010000 .279
Prince Fielder, 1B4020011 .274
Bill Hall, CF4000023 .247
Johnny Estrada, C4120001 .288
Kevin Mench, LF4110002 .356
Corey Hart, RF4010011 .300
Tony Graffanino, 3B4021001 .233
Ben Sheets, P1000010 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn, PH1001000 .429
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH1000001 .352
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .256
Totals37310305  
a-grounded out for Dessens in the 5th
b-flied out for Wise in the 7th
c-popped out for Shouse in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (4, Lilly)
HR - Rickie Weeks (5, Wuertz)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (11), Tony Graffanino (3), Tony Gwynn (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Hart 1
E - J.J. Hardy (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets 3400010 4.50
Elmer Dessens (L,1-1) 1450120 6.00
Matt Wise 2211011 3.72
Chris Spurling 1322000 13.50
Brian Shouse 1311010 4.26
HBP - DeRosa (by Chris Spurling)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 40-29, Elmer Dessens 25-16, Matt Wise 28-16, Chris Spurling 15-12, Brian Shouse 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 6-1, Elmer Dessens 1-0, Matt Wise 2-3, Chris Spurling 2-1, Brian Shouse 1-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 12, Elmer Dessens 8, Matt Wise 8, Chris Spurling 7, Brian Shouse 6
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5222002 .339
Cliff Floyd, LF5142001 .296
Derrek Lee, 1B5242001 .393
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4100105 .314
Michael Barrett, C5022023 .294
Jacque Jones, RF4100002 .260
Mark DeRosa, 2B3111000 .262
Felix Pie, CF4120013 .242
Ted Lilly, P3010024 .083
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000000 .100
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals39916915  
a-grounded out for Wuertz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cliff Floyd (3, Dessens), Derrek Lee 2 (11, Spurling, Shouse), Felix Pie (3, Wise)
HR - Derrek Lee (1, Wise)
RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (6), Cliff Floyd 2 (8), Derrek Lee 2 (15), Michael Barrett 2 (17), Mark DeRosa (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (4), Cliff Floyd 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Michael Barrett (3)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,2-2) 7621030 2.18
Michael Wuertz 1311011 0.75
Bob Howry 1100010 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 100-74, Michael Wuertz 17-11, Bob Howry 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 8-10, Michael Wuertz 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 27, Michael Wuertz 6, Bob Howry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38581
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 44
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman