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CHICAGO -- Daryle Ward was so sure he would play in the majors that he practiced his signature as a kid. He may get a few autograph requests after his latest big hit.
Ward delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied again to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Sunday after the anticipated showdown between Carlos Zambrano and Randy Johnson got wiped out.
"I love the game of baseball," Ward said. "It's something I knew that I was going to do when I was about 3 years old."
Heavy rain and temperatures in the mid-40s delayed the start of the game by 58 minutes, and Zambrano and Johnson were spectators when it finally began. By the time the game ended, the Cubs had used another late rally to beat Arizona, the team that swept them in the playoffs last year.
Reed Johnson tied it at 4 with a two-run homer off Juan Cruz with one out in the seventh after Mike Fontenot walked. Cruz then walked Ryan Theriot before Tony Pena (0-1) got Derrek Lee to hit into a double play, but the Cubs struck again in the eighth.
Pena intentionally walked pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano to load the bases with one out and set the stage for Ward, who drove the ball to right-center to make it 6-4.
"Well, I'm not going to let Soriano beat us right there," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We've got to have a chance for a double-play ball and we've got (Ward) hitting (.174) up there. That's really not that tough of a decision."
Ward also tied it with a pinch-hit RBI single in Chicago's 7-2 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
Most days, Ward follows a heavy regimen of stretches and massages in case he gets called.
"Sometimes, you're a little bit lazy and say, 'I don't want to do it,"' said Ward, third among active players with 74 pinch hits. "But you have to. I feel like I'm making a good example for some of the younger guys that are playing on the bench. They do some of the same things I do, and it's been working for all of us."
It's a lot of effort for about a minute of activity.
"Was it even a minute?" he asked on Sunday.
No one was sure, exactly. They just knew his timing was perfect, as was Reed Johnson's.
Stuck in a 4-for-34 slump over the previous 11 games, he drove his first homer through a driving wind about halfway up the bleachers.
"The last week or so, we really haven't been playing that well so I think this was a good confidence boost," said Johnson, signed to a one-year deal in late March after Toronto released him.
Arizona's Edgar Gonzalez was in line to get the win until Johnson went deep.
Recently booted from the rotation, Gonzalez allowed two runs and five hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. One of those hits was a solo homer by Lee that gave Chicago a 2-1 lead in the third.
Gallagher allowed four runs and five hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first major league start and likely will get another one against Pittsburgh this week. The 22-year-old right-hander had made two appearances this season after posting an 8.59 ERA in eight relief outings while splitting time between the majors and minors last year.
If the Cubs caught a break by missing Randy Johnson, who's 12-0 against them, it was tough to tell.
Lee's homer aside, they did little against Gonzalez.
"He did a pretty good job of keeping the ball down and got a lot of groundballs," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "He got ahead in the count, which I thought was a big key for him."
|Kerry Wood earns his seventh save in 10 opportunities to help the streaking Cubs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Augie Ojeda, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.370|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Chris Young, CF||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.238|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||3||0||1||2||1||0||0||.325|
|Justin Upton, RF||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.326|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.264|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.230|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Edgar Gonzalez, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125|
|a- Chris Burke, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.137|
|Juan Cruz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Salazar, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.324|
|a-walked for E. Gonzalez in the 6th|
|2B - Eric Byrnes (11, Gallagher), Miguel Montero (4, Gallagher)|
|3B - Conor Jackson (4, Gallagher)|
|SH - Edgar Gonzalez (2)|
|RBI - Augie Ojeda (10), Conor Jackson 2 (30), Justin Upton (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (12)|
|PK - Chris Burke (1, Fox)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Jackson-Drew, Reynolds-Ojeda-Jackson|
|Tony Pena (L,0-1)||1.2||3||2||2||1||0||0||4.76|
|IBB - Soriano by Tony Pena|
|WP - Edgar Gonzalez (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 87-58, Juan Cruz 43-21, Tony Pena 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 8-3, Tony Pena 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 21, Juan Cruz 8, Tony Pena 8|
|Reed Johnson, LF-CF||5||1||1||2||0||1||3||.255|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.326|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.318|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.281|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.326|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.314|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||2||1||1||0||1||1||1||.271|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alfonso Soriano, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.223|
|Felix Pie, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|b- Daryle Ward, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.208|
|Jason Marquis, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Gallagher, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Fox, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||.276|
|a-was walked intentionally for Marmol in the 8th|
|b-doubled for Pie in the 8th|
|2B - Daryle Ward (2, Pena)|
|HR - Reed Johnson (1, Cruz), Derrek Lee (10, E. Gonzalez)|
|SH - Sean Gallagher (1)|
|RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (13), Derrek Lee (26), Daryle Ward 2 (6)|
|SB - Aramis Ramirez (1, 2nd base off Pena/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Theriot-Fontenot-Lee|
|E - Sean Gallagher (1, Throwing)|
|Carlos Marmol (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.13|
|Kerry Wood (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.79|
|IBB - Young by Sean Gallagher|
|HBP - Salazar (by Kerry Wood)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sean Gallagher 83-52, Chad Fox 46-26, Michael Wuertz 4-3, Carlos Marmol 17-11, Kerry Wood 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Gallagher 5-2, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Kerry Wood 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Sean Gallagher 21, Chad Fox 7, Michael Wuertz 3, Carlos Marmol 3, Kerry Wood 3|
|Attendance - 39740|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|