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Chi. Cubs
W: R. Hill (8-7) L: S. Linebrink (4-6)
S: R. Dempster (22)
HR: MIL - None   CHC - None

Jones, Cubs celebrate Soriano's return, stop rival Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Jacque Jones' dog days came earlier this season when he was benched and nearly traded. Now that August is almost over, he's a starter and playing a big role as the Chicago Cubs make their run for the playoffs.

Jones hit a game-tying two-run double in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on an error by reliever Scott Linebrink as the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Tuesday night.

The first-place Cubs scored four runs in the seventh to knock Milwaukee into third place in the NL Central, 2½ games back. St. Louis beat Houston 7-0 and is now in second, two games behind.

Jones is sizzling in August, batting .357 during the month. Once booed at Wrigley Field, he's hearing plenty of cheers now.

"It just didn't work out. It didn't happen in the first half. It wasn't from lack of work or lack of effort. That's behind me," Jones said. "In the second half we have a lot of guys doing good things and we're in the pennant race."

The three-game series is the final meeting this season between the Brewers, who had spent 125 days in first this season, and the Cubs, who have been tied for first or in sole possession of the lead since Aug. 17.

"It's important to win the first game and put yourself in a good position," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said, adding that Jones "has had some big hits for us and he's done a nice job in the outfield."

The slumping Brewers lost for the 11th time in 14 games. And this was a difficult one to take after strong pitching from Jeff Suppan. Milwaukee fell below .500 for the first time since April 9.

"It's tough for all of us. It just seems like every time we get late into a ball game, maybe we start to press," said Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy, who had three hits. "I don't know what it is."

Suppan, winless in 12 starts since June 22, was staked to a 3-0 lead and was still ahead 3-1 headed into the bottom of the seventh.

But he was removed after hitting leadoff batter Cliff Floyd with a pitch. Mark DeRosa greeted Linebrink by beating out an infield single to short.

"He (Suppan) had pitched well to that point and we had struggled in the seventh inning with our starters a little bit here lately," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I didn't want to take a chance."

Jones drove a Linebrink pitch into the alley in right-center field to score both runners and tie the game. After an intentional walk to Daryle Ward and Alfonso Soriano's fly out, Ryan Theriot hit a high bouncer back to the mound. Linebrink jumped for the ball but it went in and out of his glove for an error as Jones raced home with the go-ahead run.

"The ball just hung up there a bit longer than I thought it would," Linebrink said. "It was a tricky play. You're trying to be quick. I probably just rushed it a little too much."

Derrek Lee followed with an RBI single to left finish Linebrink (4-6) and give the Cubs a 5-3 lead.

Chicago starter Rich Hill (8-7), who struck out the first four batters and five of the first six he faced, allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, finishing with nine strikeouts.

Bobby Howry pitched a scoreless eighth and Ryan Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Cubs star Soriano, on the DL since Aug. 6 with a quadriceps injury, came off the disabled list and was back in the Cubs lineup but went 0-for-4.

Corey Hart had three RBI for the Brewers.

Hardy had a leadoff single in the third, went to second on Suppan's sacrifice, to third on another single by Rickie Weeks and scored on Hart's sacrifice fly.

Hardy doubled in the fifth and went to third on a grounder before Weeks was hit by Hill's two-out pitch and stole second. Hart then hit a soft liner to center for a two-run single that gave the Brewers a 3-0 cushion.

Jason Kendall doubled with two outs in the bottom half of the inning and scored when Hill -- who earlier in the game had failed to get down a bunt -- poked an RBI single to left center.


  • Piniella celebrated his 64th birthday.
  • Milwaukee will bring ace Ben Sheets off the disabled list and start him in Wednesday's second game. He's been on the DL since July 16 because of a sprained finger and has experienced blister problems.
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The Wrigley Field faithful show appreciation for Jacque Jones after he scores the go-ahead run.  (AP)
The Wrigley Field faithful show appreciation for Jacque Jones after he scores the go-ahead run. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Corey Hart, RF-CF3013020 .281
Prince Fielder, 1B4010012 .281
Ryan Braun, 3B4010021 .333
Kevin Mench, LF3010021 .265
Bill Hall, CF3000022 .256
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    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
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b-struck out for Shouse in the 9th
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SF - Corey Hart (5)
SH - Jeff Suppan 2 (8)
RBI - Corey Hart 3 (57)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart 2 (22)
SB - Rickie Weeks (15, 2nd base off Hill/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Braun-Weeks-Fielder
E - Scott Linebrink (2, Misplayed grounder)
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Scott Linebrink (BS,7; L,4-6) 0.2331100 4.06
Seth McClung 0.1000010 9.00
Brian Shouse 1000030 2.38
IBB - Ward by Scott Linebrink
HBP - Floyd (by Jeff Suppan)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 82-56, Scott Linebrink 25-13, Seth McClung 4-4, Brian Shouse 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 8-4, Scott Linebrink 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 23, Scott Linebrink 7, Seth McClung 1, Brian Shouse 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000003 .295
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Ryan Theriot, SS4000002 .285
Derrek Lee, 1B4021010 .313
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010013 .310
Cliff Floyd, RF2100001 .288
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH0000000 .286
   b- Craig Monroe, PH-LF1000010 .221
Mark DeRosa, 2B4110021 .292
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Jason Kendall, C3120001 .248
Rich Hill, P2011012 .140
   c- Daryle Ward, PH0000100 .326
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b-struck out for Fontenot in the 8th
c-was walked intentionally for Hill in the 7th
2B - Jacque Jones (28, Linebrink), Jason Kendall (17, Suppan)
RBI - Derrek Lee (68), Jacque Jones 2 (49), Rich Hill (5)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (22), Rich Hill (3)
Team LOB - 5
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Game Information
Attendance - 40884
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Paul Nauert