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Cubs 4, Nationals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Daryle Ward thought back to his youth, when he was knocking the ball around Little League fields. There was unbridled joy then, and there was plenty of it on Sunday, too.

The memories came cascading back after he singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a wild 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals and their fifth straight win.

"This is great, we're having fun," said Ward, who had a pinch-hit single in the ninth. "We're playing like Little League ball, but we're grown men. It's great."

Things weren't looking so good about two weeks ago.

After hiring manager Lou Piniella and committing about $300 million in the offseason to acquire and retain players, the Cubs were 7-13 following a loss to Milwaukee on April 24.

Now?

They're 15-14 and above .500 for the first time since a 3-2 start.

"It's very important to see this thing play like this because the owners put a lot of money into making this team better," said Alfonso Soriano, who signed a $136 million deal with the Cubs in the offseason after spending last year with Washington.

Ryan Theriot tied it at 3 in the ninth with single off struggling Washington closer Chad Cordero, who has four blown saves in eight chances. The Nationals have lost five in a row overall.

After the game, they placed right-hander John Patterson on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation. He could miss at least a month.

"If we can't handle it, we'll quit. But we're not quitters," Dmitri Young said.

Matt Murton opened the bottom of the 10th with a double against Ryan Wagner (0-2), just over leaping third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Murton then moved to third with one out on pinch-hitter Henry Blanco's bloop single to right-center. With the outfield drawn in, Ward drove a single to deep left, giving the Cubs their eighth victory in nine games.

Ryan Dempster (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

The Nationals appeared poised to end their losing streak when they took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But Cordero walked pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd leading off the inning, and Ward's pinch-hit single put runners on first and second.

With one out, Theriot took two strikes and two balls, fouled off four pitches and then lined a single to right to drive in pinch-runner Jason Marquis. After Derrek Lee was intentionally walked to load the bases, Aramis Ramirez forced Ward at home with a grounder to third for the second out, and Jacque Jones grounded to first.

Chicago took a 2-1 lead when Shawn Hill hit Jones with a pitch to force in a run in the fifth, but the Nationals scored two in the seventh off four relievers.

Young, in a 6-for-48 skid, gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead when he drove a pinch-hit, two-run single to center off Bob Howry. But the Washington bullpen couldn't hold it.

"I went in and tried to throw strikes, and I wasn't able to," Cordero said. "Everything I was throwing was running away, probably because I was opening up."

Hill allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out three but walked three -- one intentionally -- while hitting two batters with pitches.

Chicago's Angel Guzman allowed one run and two hits over five innings and was in line for his first major league win after being recalled from Triple-A Iowa before the game. But the Cubs' bullpen couldn't hang on.

Lee singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and has reached safely in all 29 games. Soriano singled leading off the fifth to extend his streak to 15, tying a career high. It's the fourth time he has hit in 15 straight.

He also made his first appearance at second base since Oct. 1, 2005, when he moved there from left field in the 10th -- one of many switches by Piniella, who used 21 players. Jones started in center, moved to right and went back to center, and Theriot went from second to shortstop.

"We all get an opportunity to play, and for me, it's just about taking advantage of that opportunity," Floyd said. "I want to win. I know these guys are young and want to play, but the main thing is winning."

Notes

Guzman replaced INF Ronny Cedeno, who was optioned to Triple-A after Saturday's game. Cedeno was 3-for-31 (.097). So the Cubs kept OF Felix Pie rather than send him to the minors for more at-bats. Piniella said before the game he needs "to take care of" the veterans and will get "Pie in there as we can." Asked what went into the decision to keep Pie, a weary Piniella snapped, "It's my decision. ... I'm trying to be as nice as I can every day. I get too many of these questions about my outfield. I come to the ballpark and I make a lineup, and I make the one that I think can help me win a baseball game that day." ... The Nationals activated SS Cristian Guzman (strained left hamstring) and OF Nook Logan (sprained left foot) from the DL and sent OF Michael Restovich to Triple-A Columbus.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Ward
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

S. Hill
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 3
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B5000011 .256
Ryan Langerhans, CF3120010 .093
   a- Dmitri Young, PH1012000 .233
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Flores, PH1000001 .280
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .000
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010122 .248
Ryan Church, LF-CF4010012 .283
Austin Kearns, RF4000115 .269
Brian Schneider, C3011212 .213
Kory Casto, 1B-LF5000016 .132
Josh Wilson, SS3100110 .053
Shawn Hill, P2000000 .167
   c- Ronnie Belliard, PH0100100 .276
    Robert Fick, 1B0000100 .138
Totals3536379  
a-singled for Langerhans in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Rauch in the 9th
c-walked for Hill in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Langerhans (2, Eyre)
RBI - Dmitri Young 2 (14), Brian Schneider (13)
2-OUT RBI - Dmitri Young 2 (7), Brian Schneider (2)
SB - Ryan Zimmerman (2, 2nd base off Dempster/Barrett)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-F. Lopez-Casto
Washington Nationals
Shawn Hill 6622330 3.00
Jon Rauch (H,8) 2000010 4.67
Chad Cordero (BS,4) 1211200 4.70
Ryan Wagner (L,0-2) 0.1311000 5.74
IBB - Izturis by Shawn Hill, Lee by Chad Cordero
HBP - Jones (by Shawn Hill), Izturis (by Shawn Hill)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 102-57, Jon Rauch 25-18, Chad Cordero 33-18, Ryan Wagner 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 11-3, Jon Rauch 1-4, Chad Cordero 2-1, Ryan Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 28, Jon Rauch 6, Chad Cordero 7, Ryan Wagner 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF-2B5010013 .303
Ryan Theriot, 2B-SS5111001 .313
Derrek Lee, 1B3010200 .414
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000124 .277
Jacque Jones, CF-RF^CF4111003 .297
Mark DeRosa, RF3011001 .264
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Matt Murton, RF2110000 .269
Michael Barrett, C5010012 .235
Cesar Izturis, SS1010100 .210
   a- Cliff Floyd, PH0000100 .292
    Jason Marquis, PR0100000 .188
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   b- Henry Blanco, PH1010000 .313
Angel Guzman, P2000004 .000
    Felix Pie, CF1000001 .224
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   c- Daryle Ward, PH-LF2021000 .333
Totals38411454  
a-walked for Izturis in the 9th
b-singled for Dempster in the 10th
c-singled for Cotts in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jacque Jones (6, Hill), Mark DeRosa (6, Hill), Matt Murton (4, Wagner)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (11), Jacque Jones (10), Mark DeRosa (17), Daryle Ward (1)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Izturis-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Angel Guzman 5211230 2.19
Scott Eyre (H,1) 1.1111220 11.42
Michael Wuertz0011100 1.84
Will Ohman (H,3) 0.1000000 4.00
Bob Howry (BS,2) 1.1200010 2.76
Neal Cotts 1000120 0.00
Ryan Dempster (W,1-1) 1100110 2.12
IBB - Kearns by Scott Eyre, Schneider by Ryan Dempster
HBP - Church (by Bob Howry)
Pitches-Strikes - Angel Guzman 82-51, Scott Eyre 28-12, Michael Wuertz 6-2, Will Ohman 7-4, Bob Howry 16-11, Neal Cotts 16-11, Ryan Dempster 18-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Angel Guzman 5-7, Scott Eyre 1-1, Will Ohman 1-0, Bob Howry 1-1, Neal Cotts 1-0
Batters Faced - Angel Guzman 19, Scott Eyre 7, Michael Wuertz 1, Will Ohman 1, Bob Howry 6, Neal Cotts 4, Ryan Dempster 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40481
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa