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Cubs stay hot with win over first-place Padres

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- A couple of Wrigley Field's passionate fans made it stressful for the home team Friday, reaching over the ivy-covered walls for balls that were in play.

The Chicago Cubs avoided a Bartman-like flashback and got sixth-inning homers from Mike Fontenot and Alfonso Soriano off David Wells to beat the San Diego Padres 4-1.

"When you come to the ballpark to watch the game, if the ball goes over and you catch the home run, that's a home run," said Chicago right fielder Cliff Floyd, who missed a leaping catch Friday because he said a fan touched the ball.

"If it stays in the ball park, you got to get the opportunity to catch the ball, especially your home boys," Floyd said. "If it's them, maybe you reach over. But if it's us, I need the opportunity to catch the ball. It hit me in the shoulder. I'm glad it didn't hit me in the face."

Both plays recalled the 2003 NL Championship Series, when fan Steve Bartman interfered with a foul ball in the eighth inning of Game 6, the Cubs collapsed and went on to lose the series to the Florida Marlins.

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who was 4-for-4, hit a long liner to left in the fifth that bounced off the fence on top of the wall as a fan stretched for the ball. Replays were inconclusive if the fan had touched the ball and Lee headed into second with a double. Piniella came out to argue for a home run, but after the umpires conferred, Lee remained at second. Wells then retired the next two batters.

Umpires said after the game that Lee's ball did not clear the wall.

"I didn't know whether the fan touched the ball or not. And so I left it in play. And then looking at the replay, the guy touched it," second base umpire Paul Naubert said. "Lou thought it was gone."

San Diego tied the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Hiram Bocachica doubled and scored when Adrian Gonzalez hit a high fly to right that Floyd leaped for but couldn't catch when the fan reached over the wall before the ball landed in the ivy.

Gonzalez made it to third with a triple and both Piniella and Floyd argued. But Gonzalez remained at third. The fan was escorted from his seat before Ted Lilly (5-4) retired the next two batters.

Floyd said he expressed his displeasure to the fan. "I talked to him and let him know it's not right," he said. "If they get more runs than that, we're in a hole."

First base umpire Mike Everitt did not rule fan interference because he did not see the fan touching the ball. After watching the replay, it still wasn't clear."

"Cliff was telling us that the fan interfered with it and he could have caught the ball. He wanted spectator interference and a catch on the ball. There is no way he could have caught the ball," crew chief Gerry Davis said.

Asked why some fans still reach out for balls, Piniella said; "You know what? Did you ever have a couple of beers and catch a ball? What can I say?"

The Padres had some problems earlier this season when umpires changed an apparent homer by Josh Bard to a double.

"If you watch enough baseball this happens across the landscape of the game," Padres manager Bud Black said

Lilly, who was ejected after two-thirds of an inning in his previous start against Atlanta for hitting Edgar Renteria with a pitch, allowed six hits over eight innings.

Ryan Dempster worked the ninth for his 15th save in 17 opportunities.

Wells (3-4) went six innings, giving up 10 hits and four runs.

Fontenot hit a two-run homer and two outs later Soriano connected on a long solo shot, his 11th of the season. Soriano watched the ball sail out and went the first couple of feet up the base line backward.

Wells wasn't watching Soriano, but said he would look at the tape to see just what he did after the homer.

"I hope he didn't do it. If he admired it, file it. I don't show people up," Wells said.

Mark DeRosa, who made two standout defensive plays in the top of the fourth, led off the bottom half with a double. Michael Barrett's single moved him to third and Fontenot put the Cubs up with a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Lee's three doubles were a career high.
  • Geoff Blum started at second for the Padres because Marcus Giles was ill.
  • Chase Headley was called up from Double-A San Antonio and started at third base for San Diego.
 
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Mike Fontenot drives in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer to lead the Cubs to a win.  (AP)
Mike Fontenot drives in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer to lead the Cubs to a win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Fontenot
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

T. Lilly
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Hiram Bocachica, RF4110021 .170
Jose Cruz Jr., LF4010002 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3011111 .289
Mike Cameron, CF4000003 .242
Josh Bard, C4010003 .252
Khalil Greene, SS4010011 .229
Chase Headley, 3B3000001 .000
Geoff Blum, 2B3000000 .184
David Wells, P2000000 .083
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1010000 .229
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
Totals3216114  
a-singled for Meredith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hiram Bocachica (3, Lilly), Josh Bard (10, Lilly)
3B - Adrian Gonzalez (2, Lilly)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (47)
SB - Jose Cruz Jr. (4, 3rd base off Lilly/Barrett)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Blum-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
David Wells (L,3-4) 61044142 4.86
Cla Meredith 1100100 3.73
Kevin Cameron 1000000 0.40
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 98-71, Cla Meredith 18-8, Kevin Cameron 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 6-8, Cla Meredith 1-1, Kevin Cameron 3-0
Batters Faced - David Wells 29, Cla Meredith 4, Kevin Cameron 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4111012 .300
Felix Pie, CF4000020 .257
Derrek Lee, 1B4040000 .342
Cliff Floyd, RF3010112 .320
    Angel Pagan, PR-RF0000000 .304
Mark DeRosa, 3B3110102 .275
Michael Barrett, C4120004 .252
Mike Fontenot, 2B3113000 .407
Ryan Theriot, SS4010000 .267
Ted Lilly, P3000002 .103
   a- Jacque Jones, PH1000000 .230
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Totals33411424  
a-grounded out for Lilly in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee 3 (24, Wells, Wells, Meredith), Mark DeRosa (12, Wells)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (11, Wells), Mike Fontenot (2, Wells)
SF - Mike Fontenot (1)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (23), Mike Fontenot 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Fontenot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,5-4) 8611130 3.69
Ryan Dempster (S,15) 1000010 3.58
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 71-45, Ryan Dempster 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 6-14
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 30, Ryan Dempster 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40479
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gerry Davis