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Ramirez, DeRosa go back-to-back as Cubs hold off Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- A day after the Cubs' bullpen wilted, things took a turn for the better.

Aramis Ramirez and Mark DeRosa hit back-to-back home runs and reliever Will Ohman struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Kent with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to help preserve Chicago's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

"That's a huge win," Ohman said.

Carlos Zambrano (5-4) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out a season-high eight and walked one in his second-best start of the season. He allowed one run in eight innings in a 10-1 victory over the Mets on May 15.

"I was feeling good," he said. "I was able to throw strikes and that was the key. I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes and that helped me a lot. When you make your pitches and attack the strike zone, you're going to win games."

Zambrano gave up his second run in the eighth, a two-out RBI single by Nomar Garciaparra that cut the Cubs' lead to 4-2. The right-hander walked Russell Martin to load the bases before giving way to Ohman, who got Kent on a called third strike.

"I felt like the best pitch was a slider," Ohman said. "The scouting report says that he will sit on a certain pitch. So if he was sitting on a fastball, then I guessed right. But regardless, it was an out and it put us in a good situation to get the win."

Ryan Dempster got his 11th save in 12 chances. Dempster allowed singles to Andre Ethier and pinch-hitter Mike Lieberthal before getting pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to ground into a game-ending double play.

"It's about time we got a ball hit at somebody at the end of the ballgame. We turn a double play and we win a game," Cubs manager Lou Pinella said.

In a 9-8 loss Friday, the Cubs' bullpen imploded in the eighth, giving up four runs after the team scored seven in the previous inning to take the lead.

Pinella was decidedly upbeat Saturday after watching Ohman and Dempster.

"These kids are going to start pitching good ball out of the bullpen. I really mean that," he said. "We have the arms out there to get this thing done. There's no question in my mind."

Chicago's Derrek Lee, the NL's leading hitter, went 0-for-4.

The Dodgers had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Mark Hendrickson (2-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out four and walked none in losing his second straight.

Facing the Cubs for the first time in his career, Hendrickson struggled with his control and location in the second inning. He gave up three consecutive hits, including the homers, before getting an out.

Ramirez hit Hendrickson's first pitch of the inning for his 12th homer. DeRosa followed with his fifth homer, hitting a 1-0 pitch into the right-field seats to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

"Those were probably pitches that were just a little bit up. They were outside and they hit them out," Hendrickson said. "I felt very good with my pitches. I was throwing strikes, coming after them. There were some hits that were unfortunate and then there were some hits that kind of hurt."

Then Matt Murton singled, took second on Hendrickson's wild pitch and moved to third when former Dodger Cesar Izturis dropped a single into left. But Murton was stranded when Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning.

Hendrickson retired the side in the third, but found trouble again in the fourth. The Cubs added two runs on RBI singles by Henry Blanco and Soriano to take a 4-0 lead as boos rained down on Hendrickson.

The Dodgers' first run came on Wilson Betemit's two-out homer in the seventh.

"I was upset because with an 0-2 count, I should have thrown a couple in the dirt," Zambrano said. "That's a rookie mistake and that ticked me off."

Notes

  • It was the first time this season that the Cubs have hit consecutive homers and the first time Dodgers' pitching has surrendered back-to-back homers.
  • Dodgers LF Luis Gonzalez singled in the second for his 2,416th hit, moving him past Mickey Mantle into 100th on the career list.
  • The Cubs improved to 9-20 when scoring six runs or less this season.
  • Martin went 0-for-3 batting cleanup for the first time in his 167-game major-league career.
  • Since 2006, Hendrickson has received the worst run support (3.35 runs) of any pitcher in the majors with a minimum of 163 innings.
 
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The Cubs' Mark DeRosa gets a high-five from Matt Murton after his home run in the fourth inning.  (AP)
The Cubs' Mark DeRosa gets a high-five from Matt Murton after his home run in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4011022 .297
Angel Pagan, CF4000022 .278
Derrek Lee, 1B4000000 .362
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121010 .295
Mark DeRosa, 2B4111011 .256
Matt Murton, RF4120000 .289
Henry Blanco, C4011011 .212
Cesar Izturis, SS4120001 .274
Carlos Zambrano, P2010002 .250
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000010 .294
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Totals35410408  
a-struck out for Ohman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Murton (6, Hendrickson)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (12, Hendrickson), Mark DeRosa (5, Hendrickson)
SH - Carlos Zambrano (3)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (12), Aramis Ramirez (36), Mark DeRosa (21), Henry Blanco (3)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-DeRosa-Lee, Izturis-DeRosa-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,5-4) 7.2822181 5.24
Will Ohman (H,6) 0.1000010 4.85
Ryan Dempster (S,11) 1200010 3.97
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 125-86, Will Ohman 4-3, Ryan Dempster 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-7, Ryan Dempster 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 31, Will Ohman 1, Ryan Dempster 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4020000 .279
Tony Abreu, 2B4010022 .273
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4011012 .283
    Andy LaRoche, LF0000000 .206
Russell Martin, C3000120 .315
Luis Gonzalez, LF3010012 .276
   a- Jeff Kent, PH1000013 .293
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .000
Wilson Betemit, 3B4111021 .190
Andre Ethier, RF4020000 .277
Ramon Martinez, SS3000001 .161
   b- Mike Lieberthal, PH1010000 .250
Mark Hendrickson, P1000010 .000
   c- Brady Clark, PH1000001 .250
    Chad Billingsley, P0000000 .000
   d- Olmedo Saenz, PH-1B2110001 .244
Totals352102110  
a-struck out for Gonzalez in the 8th
b-singled for Martinez in the 9th
c-lined out for Hendrickson in the 5th
d-singled for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (8, Zambrano)
HR - Wilson Betemit (5, Zambrano)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (28), Wilson Betemit (15)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (7), Wilson Betemit (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Abreu-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Hendrickson (L,2-2) 5944042 3.62
Chad Billingsley 3100030 4.15
Brett Tomko 1000010 6.14
WP - Mark Hendrickson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 74-54, Chad Billingsley 40-27, Brett Tomko 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 6-4, Chad Billingsley 5-1, Brett Tomko 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 23, Chad Billingsley 10, Brett Tomko 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48243
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Kerwin Danley