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Dodgers blast Cubs in Loaiza's debut, then Big Z blasts Cubs fans

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano heard the boos from the Wrigley Field faithful and pointed to his head. Esteban Loaiza had just gotten the Los Angeles Dodgers off to a win in his first try, while Zambrano remained winless for more than a month.

Loaiza allowed three runs in seven innings and hit a two-run single, leading the Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 11-3 Monday.

"I will remember that," Zambrano said of the fan reaction. "I don't want to stink and (have) bad outings. I know the great moment of my career will come."

Zambrano (14-12) lost his fifth straight start, giving up eight runs for the first time since June 22, 2005, at Milwaukee.

"I don't understand why the fans were booing at me. I can't understand that," Zambrano said. "They showed me today they just care about them. That's no fair. Because when you are struggling, that's when you want to feel, the support of the fans."

He lasted 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since he went four innings against Cincinnati on April 13. He gave up seven hits and five walks.

Zambrano has a 9.56 ERA in three starts since the Cubs gave him a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension through 2012, and he is 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA in six starts since beating Cincinnati on July 29.

"We need Carlos to straighten out," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "His stuff is plenty good. I liked his stuff today. I was expecting a really, really, banged up effort after seeing him come off the mound, and then all of a sudden he gives up a run. Loaiza gets a big base hit. That's not Zambrano like."

Loaiza (1-0) was claimed off waivers from Oakland on Wednesday, with the Dodgers assuming more than $8 million in guaranteed salary this year and next. He did not pitch this season until Aug. 22 due to a bulging disk in his neck, and the two-time All-Star was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two starts with the Athletics.

"He didn't make very many mistakes in the middle of the plate," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "I thought he did a great job, stayed aggressive throughout the whole game, and when we got the lead he was being even more aggressive and using his defense."

Loaiza gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked one, throwing 96 pitches. His single was his first major league hit since Aug. 26, 2005.

"I haven't swung the bat for two years since I was with the Nationals," Loaiza said. "I tried to make contact and I got a base hit with two RBIs with two outs. I think that was a big hit of mine."

James Loney had three RBI for Los Angeles, which is four games back of San Diego and three behind Arizona in the NL West.

NL Central-leading Chicago maintained a 1½-game lead over Milwaukee and a two-game margin over St. Louis.

Every Dodgers starter had at least one hit. Alfonso Soriano homered leading off the first for Chicago.

Andy LaRoche's RBI grounder tied the score in the second, but Ryan Theriot singled for a 2-1 lead in the third. Zambrano had led off the inning with a single and tried to score from first on Soriano's double down the left-field line. Zambrano ran through third-base coach Mike Quade's stop sign and easily was thrown out at the plate on shortstop Rafael Furcal's relay of Luis Gonzalez's throw.

Zambrano walked three batters on the fourth, when LaRoche hit a tying double and Loaiza singled.

Juan Pierre walked leading off the fifth, advanced when first baseman Derrek Lee dropped a pickoff attempt for an error and scored on Jeff Kent's RBI groundout. Martin's run-scoring single made it 6-1 and chased Zambrano.

"I hope he can forget about it by his next start. It's just the nature of game. We've all in here have been booed," Lee said. "I think he's going to get straightened out. I kind of like it that he's angry. I have a feeling he might turn that around and use it in his next start."

Loney greeted Will Ohman with a a two-run double.

Soriano led off the first inning by hitting a 1-0 pitch into left field bleachers. It was Soriano's 38th career leadoff homer and first since June 23 at U.S Cellular Field against the White Sox.


  • Gonzalez, who turned 40, was 2-for-3 with two runs. He needs 10 hits to reach 2,500 for his career. Soriano has 38 homers leading off the first inning.
  • Cubs C Jason Kendall missed the game with a swollen hand after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday. He is day to day.
  • Crew chief Joe West ordered the lights turned off in the bottom of the fourth since the lights weren't turned on at the top half of the inning.
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Carlos Zambrano's ERA in three starts since his five-year contract extension is 9.56.  (AP)
Carlos Zambrano's ERA in three starts since his five-year contract extension is 9.56. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Soriano
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5010023 .279
    Chin-lung Hu, SS0000000 .000
Juan Pierre, CF4210101 .290
Andre Ethier, RF-LF5120012 .289
Jeff Kent, 2B3112111 .296
    Ramon Martinez, 2B1000010 .185
Luis Gonzalez, LF3320110 .279
    Matt Kemp, RF1000000 .333
Russell Martin, C2222100 .297
   a- Mike Lieberthal, PH-C1000010 .239
James Loney, 1B4123110 .311
Andy LaRoche, 3B5112011 .200
Esteban Loaiza, P3012011 .333
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000010 .180
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Martin in the 8th
b-struck out for Proctor in the 9th
2B - Juan Pierre (19, Gallagher), Luis Gonzalez (23, Gallagher), James Loney (14, Ohman), Andy LaRoche (3, Zambrano)
SF - Russell Martin (6)
SH - Esteban Loaiza (1)
RBI - Jeff Kent 2 (74), Russell Martin 2 (81), James Loney 3 (40), Andy LaRoche 2 (5), Esteban Loaiza 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (9), Andy LaRoche (2), Esteban Loaiza 2 (2)
CS - Jeff Kent (3, 2nd base by Zambrano/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Luis Gonzalez 1
DP - LaRoche-Kent-Loney, LaRoche-Kent-Loney, LaRoche-Lieberthal-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (18, Throwing), Chin-lung Hu (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Esteban Loaiza (W,2-0) 7933131 2.49
Scott Proctor 1000110 3.86
D.J. Houlton 1100110 4.86
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 96-69, Scott Proctor 14-10, D.J. Houlton 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 5-11, Scott Proctor 1-1, D.J. Houlton 2-0
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 29, Scott Proctor 4, D.J. Houlton 5
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF3221011 .298
    Craig Monroe, LF2000001 .220
Ryan Theriot, SS2011100 .281
    Mike Fontenot, 2B2000012 .279
Derrek Lee, 1B3000002 .310
    Ronny Cedeno, SS0000100 .118
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000010 .316
    Daryle Ward, 1B1000010 .333
Matt Murton, RF4110002 .273
Mark DeRosa, 2B-3B4021001 .286
Jacque Jones, CF3010001 .269
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Geovany Soto, PH0000100 .143
Henry Blanco, C4000013 .174
Carlos Zambrano, P1010000 .265
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Patterson, PH1010000 .250
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
   c- Felix Pie, PH-CF2010000 .215
a-walked for Wuertz in the 9th
b-doubled for Ohman in the 5th
c-flied out for Gallagher in the 7th
2B - Alfonso Soriano (33, Loaiza), Eric Patterson (1, Loaiza)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (20, Loaiza)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (45), Ryan Theriot (41), Mark DeRosa (63)
SB - Ronny Cedeno (2, 2nd base off Proctor/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Blanco-Theriot
E - Derrek Lee (4, Missed catch of throw), Aramis Ramirez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (L,14-12) 4.1788560 4.35
Will Ohman 0.2100000 4.96
Sean Gallagher 2533000 8.59
Scott Eyre 1000020 4.87
Michael Wuertz 1000030 3.66
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 66-36, Will Ohman 22-15, Sean Gallagher 30-21, Scott Eyre 16-10, Michael Wuertz 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 5-1, Will Ohman 2-1, Sean Gallagher 1-5
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 24, Will Ohman 4, Sean Gallagher 11, Scott Eyre 3, Michael Wuertz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41070
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano