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MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Zambrano controlled his temper and his pitches.
Zambrano also delivered a pair of singles as the Cubs overcame Prince Fielder's 21st home run.
Going into this game, Zambrano said he told himself, "Tomorrow is the season opening, opening night for you. Forget about anything else."
"I had that in my mind," he said.
Last week, Zambrano (6-5) gave up a career-high 13 hits against Atlanta and got into a dugout skirmish with catcher Michael Barrett. The hostilities continued in the clubhouse, and Barrett sustained a cut lip and went to a hospital for stitches.
"It was a bad feeling the next day. Believe me, it was a bad feeling," Zambrano said. "That was in the past, and now we have to move on."
Barrett got the day off after playing Tuesday night and backup Koyie Hill caught.
After initially saying he didn't want to talk about turmoil, Zambrano said that he is still friends with Barrett.
"He called me 'brother' and I called him 'brother,"' Zambrano said of their tearful meeting before the series started in Milwaukee. "We forgive each other, and we're back on track."
Zambrano said that Barrett will catch his next start in Houston.
Hill had a simple plan to help Zambrano.
"We talked a little bit yesterday in the outfield," Hill said. "He's going to make everything go, it all goes off him. I've got to kept him happy and make sure that we're doing what he wants to do."
Zambrano threw 117 pitches, 77 for strikes and was never in trouble until the sixth. The excitable right-hander gave up five hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings.
"With his fastball, it's about four different pitches," Hill said. "So, we just used that mainly and went off that."
He held the Brewers scoreless until Fielder homered off the center-field scoreboard in the sixth, a two-run shot that traveled 450 feet. Fielder tied Alex Rodriguez for the major league lead in home runs.
Zambrano heard a mixture of boos and cheers coming to the plate for the first time in the Cubs' three-run second. He singled, and later added an RBI single.
Zambrano left the game to the same mixture of boos and cheers after he gave up Corey C. Hart's bloop single. Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell, who guided the team to three wins in four games while manager Lou Piniella served a suspension, spoke to Zambrano for a few moments before the pitcher walked off the field.
Trammell said that he simply told Zambrano, "You did your job. That's enough."
Zambrano took off his hat and pointed to the sky as he left.
Pie was promoted from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
"The command wasn't where I wanted it to be today," Suppan said. "I was just trying to make things happen."
Trammell said that Ramirez's injury was something that had been bothering him for a couple of weeks.
"Hopefully, he'll only be out a day or two," Trammell said. The team doctors are going to examine him in Chicago on Thursday and then he'll join the Cubs in Atlanta.
Suppan went five innings and lost in a bid for his fifth straight win at Miller Park. Since losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 4, he had been 4-0 with a 3.26 ERA at home.
|The Brewers get just five hits off Carlos Zambrano, who strikes out nine in 6 2/3 innings. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.311|
|Felix Pie, CF||5||3||3||3||0||0||2||.275|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.343|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Jacque Jones, RF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.236|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B-3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Ryan Theriot, SS-2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Koyie Hill, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.083|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||3||1||2||1||0||1||1||.296|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Murton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Dempster, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Marmol in the 8th|
|2B - Felix Pie (6, Suppan), Ryan Theriot (9, Suppan)|
|HR - Felix Pie (2, Suppan)|
|RBI - Felix Pie 3 (8), Carlos Zambrano (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Felix Pie 3 (5), Carlos Zambrano (2)|
|SB - Felix Pie (1, 2nd base off Wise/Estrada), Derrek Lee (3, 2nd base off Suppan/Estrada), Cesar Izturis (2, 2nd base off Shouse/Estrada)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Theriot-Izturis-Lee|
|Carlos Zambrano (W,6-5)||6.2||5||2||2||3||9||1||5.38|
|Carlos Marmol (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Bob Howry (H,7)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 117-77, Carlos Marmol 5-2, Bob Howry 9-7, Ryan Dempster 17-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 3-8, Bob Howry 1-0, Ryan Dempster 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Carlos Marmol 1, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 4|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.298|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.313|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||2||2||1||0||1||.299|
|Johnny Estrada, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.263|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.281|
|Bill Hall, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.255|
|Craig Counsell, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.227|
|Jeff Suppan, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.071|
|a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Jose Capellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tony Graffanino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.207|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Gabe Gross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.211|
|a-struck out for Suppan in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Capellan in the 7th|
|c-fouled out for Shouse in the 9th|
|HR - Prince Fielder (21, Zambrano)|
|RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (48)|
|SB - Corey Hart (10, 2nd base off Marmol/Hill)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Prince Fielder (8, Missed catch of throw), J.J. Hardy 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeff Suppan (L,7-6)||5||7||5||4||3||1||1||3.92|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 103-67, Jose Capellan 22-18, Matt Wise 25-16, Brian Shouse 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 11-5, Jose Capellan 3-1, Brian Shouse 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 27, Jose Capellan 6, Matt Wise 6, Brian Shouse 2|
|Attendance - 40186|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|