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Harang allowed four hits -- three of them solo homers -- and Cincinnati's bullpen held on Tuesday night as the Reds sent Chicago to its seventh loss in nine games, 7-6.
Harang (12-3) outpitched Cubs' ace Carlos Zambrano, who failed for a third consecutive start to get his 15th win.
"Anytime you come here or St. Louis, any team that's in first place or right on the bubble, you always kind of get up for that a little bit more," Harang said. "The atmosphere around here is so intense, it's always nice to come here and get a victory."
Harang, who has started four games this season against the Cubs, is 7-2 in 13 career starts against Chicago, including 3-0 at Wrigley Field.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the major leagues and everyone should know that," said the Reds' Brandon Phillips, who had three hits and was on base four times.
Harang was charged with five runs and left after a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot in the eighth. The Cubs then pushed across a run to make it 6-5 on Lee's two-out RBI single off Jared Burton.
Weathers provided some drama in the ninth before earning his 23rd save.
"It's frustrating. I thought Fontenot's ball was out of the park. But there was no wind," Ramirez said.
Zambrano (14-9) didn't look at all like the Cubs' ace.
He left two outings ago in the sixth inning with heat-related cramping and was driven out by Houston six days ago after 5 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs.
On Tuesday night he allowed 13 hits and six runs in seven innings with two walks and no strikeouts.
"It's kind of hard to hit Zambrano. But he left the ball up and we just took advantage of that," Phillips said.
"I don't have any explanation for it," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Zambrano's performance.
Zambrano didn't either, or why he hasn't won in his last three starts when the Cubs need him the most.
"Sometimes you don't have your best stuff and sometimes you go out there and try to do too much," he said. "That's part of the game. Just learn from this and from the bad games and keep your head up."
Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-run double after Josh Hamilton's single and a walk to Jeff Keppinger gave the Reds the lead in the third. Singles by Javier Valentin and Edwin Encarnacion started the fourth, Harang sacrificed, Hamilton hit an RBI grounder and Keppinger added a run-scoring single for a 4-0 lead.
Encarnacion made a nice play at third base to retire Zambrano to end the third inning, prompting the emotional right-hander to slam his helmet down with it bouncing all the way into right field.
"I was upset," Zambrano said.
Lee, in a 5-for-34 slump, hit his 13th homer with two outs in the fourth for the Cubs' first hit. Ramirez, who missed six games with a sore wrist, followed one pitch later with his 17th.
The Reds made it 5-2 in the fifth when Phillips led off with a double and scored on Valentin's two-out single to center. Jones cleared the right-field bleachers with two outs in the sixth, just his fourth homer of the season.
But Phillips was hit by a pitch in the seventh and scored on another two-out hit, a single by Scott Hatteberg.
|Even though he gives up three homers, Aaron Harang still manages to get the best of Carlos Zambrano. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Josh Hamilton, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.285|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||4||1||2||1||1||1||4||.356|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||0||2||2||0||1||4||.274|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||5||.275|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||.255|
|Jason Ellison, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||5||.305|
|Javier Valentin, C||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.280|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Aaron Harang, P||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.135|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Norris Hopper, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.313|
|2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (15, Zambrano), Brandon Phillips 2 (20, Zambrano, Zambrano)|
|SH - Aaron Harang (9)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (31), Jeff Keppinger (19), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (74), Scott Hatteberg (40), Javier Valentin (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Keppinger (12), Scott Hatteberg (19), Javier Valentin (11)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (23, 2nd base off Zambrano/Kendall)|
|CS - Ken Griffey Jr. (1, 2nd base by Zambrano/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Aaron Harang (W,12-3)||7||4||5||5||1||7||3||3.50|
|Jared Burton (H,2)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.33|
|David Weathers (S,23)||1.1||0||0||0||2||0||0||3.77|
|HBP - DeRosa (by Aaron Harang)|
|WP - Aaron Harang (10)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 97-62, Jared Burton 18-11, David Weathers 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 10-4, Jared Burton 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Jared Burton 3, David Weathers 6|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||4||1||0||0||0||2||1||.283|
|Jacque Jones, CF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.265|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.317|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.314|
|Ronny Cedeno, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Daryle Ward, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.309|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B-RF||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Matt Murton, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.263|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.240|
|Felix Pie, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.217|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.254|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.296|
|a-walked for Marmol in the 8th|
|HR - Jacque Jones (4, Harang), Derrek Lee (13, Harang), Aramis Ramirez (17, Harang)|
|RBI - Jacque Jones (40), Derrek Lee 2 (62), Aramis Ramirez (70), Matt Murton (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones (29), Derrek Lee 2 (20), Aramis Ramirez (29), Matt Murton (5)|
|SB - Ryan Theriot (22, 2nd base off Burton/Valentin)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jacque Jones 2|
|Carlos Zambrano (L,14-9)||7||13||6||6||2||0||0||3.86|
|HBP - B. Phillips (by Carlos Zambrano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 107-67, Carlos Marmol 21-17, Bob Howry 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 9-9, Bob Howry 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 34, Carlos Marmol 6, Bob Howry 3|
|Attendance - 40750|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|