Arizona at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: J. Cruz (4-1) L: B. Howry (5-5)
S: J. Valverde (29)
HR: ARI - S. Drew (6)   CHC - None

Drew hits clutch homer in eighth, helps D-Backs cool off Cubs

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- The wind normally blows out on warm July days at Wrigley Field, helping the hitters. Stephen Drew didn't get any assistance Saturday and still went deep.

Drew homered to snap an eighth-inning tie and Orlando Hudson had three hits, sending the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs lost for only the sixth time in 25 games. Arizona got its fifth victory in 18 tries.

With one out in the eighth, Drew hit a solo shot off reliever Bob Howry (5-5) through a steady wind that was blowing in. Drew's sixth homer of the season put the Diamondbacks ahead 3-2. He is 9-for-17 in his career at Wrigley Field with three home runs.

"This park can play big or it can play small," Drew said. "On the days when the wind is blowing in, this park can play really big. I just put a good swing on it. It was good for us that it went out."

Arizona's bullpen tossed five hitless innings. Ex-Cub Juan Cruz (4-1) went three innings to earn the win, Tony Pena worked a hitless eighth and Jose Valverde got three outs for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Cruz's performance.

"That was huge in that situation to get three innings like that. He has to keep his pitch count down, number one, to be able to get three innings. Obviously, after four from the starter, we need that. If there's MVPs in the game, he was certainly one of them today," Melvin said.

With a runner on first, Cubs pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd popped up in foul territory for the final out.

"We always expect to win," Howry said. "Even today after I give up the home run. You always think there is a chance that we're going to come back the way we're playing, but it didn't happen today. We're still playing good ball, it's a tough ballgame and we come back and try to win the series (Sunday)."

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Cubs came back and took the lead. Jacque Jones led off with a double off the wall in left. Arizona starter Micah Owings then walked Mark DeRosa, and Angel Pagan hit a drive to the right-field warning track. Jones and DeRosa scored, and Pagan easily went to third after right fielder Eric Byrnes fumbled the ball. Pagan was credited with his second triple of the season.

Cubs starter Rich Hill couldn't hold the lead long. In the fifth, he walked Chris Young and gave up a single to Hudson that sent Young to third. He scored on Byrnes' grounder to tie it 2-all.

The Cubs played without Derrek Lee, who was serving the fourth game of a five-game suspension.

Young led off the game with a bouncer down the third-base line. Aramis Ramirez wasn't able to get in front of it and was charged with an error as Young went to second. Young stole third without a throw and scored on Hudson's RBI groundout.

Ramirez didn't appreciate a pitch from Owings that was high and inside in the first inning. Ramirez took a few steps toward the mound after the pitch but was quickly stopped by Arizona catcher Chris Snyder and Jones, who was standing in the on-deck circle. Order was quickly restored.

"I think I overreacted," Ramirez said. "I don't think anything was going on there."

Owings only made it through four innings because of a high pitch count. He allowed two runs and four hits. He struck out three and walked three, throwing 95 pitches.

Hill gave up two runs, one earned, and six hits while throwing 116 pitches in six innings. He had six strikeouts and four walks.

"I think I made a few bad pitches early and I got a little frustrated with that," Hill said. "It was definitely a battle out there with the foul balls, few counts were deep. It seemed like I was getting ahead pretty well but they did a good job of fouling off and staying in counts."


  • Alfonso Soriano, having a solid defensive season in left field, committed his second error in the third inning.
  • Many of the 41,632 fans in attendance lined up before the game to receive a Carlos Zambrano bobblehead.
  • Owings has not won since June 20.
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With the game tied in the eighth, Stephen Drew goes deep to put the D-Backs up for good. (AP)
With the game tied in the eighth, Stephen Drew goes deep to put the D-Backs up for good. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Drew
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

O. Hudson
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Orlando Hudson, 2B5031000 .291
Eric Byrnes, RF-LF4011121 .309
Conor Jackson, 1B4020112 .262
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Mark Reynolds, 3B5000027 .263
Scott Hairston, LF3000005 .222
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH1000010 .310
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .240
Stephen Drew, SS3121100 .243
Chris Snyder, C4020011 .227
Micah Owings, P2000012 .167
    Jeff DaVanon, RF2000022 .143
a-struck out for Cruz in the 8th
2B - Chris Snyder (5, Howry)
HR - Stephen Drew (6, Howry)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (48), Eric Byrnes (52), Stephen Drew (33)
SB - Chris Young (12, 3rd base off Hill/Hill), Eric Byrnes (25, 3rd base off Hill/Hill)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Snyder-Hudson, Drew-Hudson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings 4422330 4.90
Juan Cruz (W,4-1) 3000140 2.79
Tony Pena (H,18) 1000100 2.14
Jose Valverde (S,29) 1000100 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 95-56, Juan Cruz 39-25, Tony Pena 11-5, Jose Valverde 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 4-5, Juan Cruz 1-3, Tony Pena 1-1, Jose Valverde 2-1
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 19, Juan Cruz 9, Tony Pena 3, Jose Valverde 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000112 .299
Ryan Theriot, SS3010101 .278
Mike Fontenot, 2B2000202 .333
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000024 .318
Jacque Jones, CF4110002 .248
Mark DeRosa, 1B2100200 .288
Angel Pagan, RF4012011 .288
Koyie Hill, C3000011 .171
   a- Cliff Floyd, PH1000001 .298
Rich Hill, P2010011 .114
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Moore, PH1000010 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
a-fouled out for Hill in the 9th
b-struck out for Wuertz in the 7th
2B - Jacque Jones (15, Owings)
3B - Angel Pagan (2, Owings)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (19)
SB - Ryan Theriot (16, 3rd base off Owings/Snyder), Mike Fontenot (5, 2nd base off Owings/Snyder)
CS - Mike Fontenot (2, 2nd base by Cruz/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Theriot-Fontenot-DeRosa
E - Aramis Ramirez (5, Misplayed grounder), Alfonso Soriano (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Hill 6621460 3.58
Michael Wuertz 1100030 3.89
Bob Howry (L,5-5) 1211021 4.28
Ryan Dempster 1100010 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 115-73, Michael Wuertz 19-15, Bob Howry 18-13, Ryan Dempster 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 4-8, Bob Howry 1-0, Ryan Dempster 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Hill 28, Michael Wuertz 4, Bob Howry 5, Ryan Dempster 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41632
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Angel Hernandez