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Zambrano, Soriano power Cubs past visiting Padres

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano switched to longer sleeves after three innings, not so much to combat the cold -- as would be expected -- but to cover a scab on his pitching arm.

Big Z was plenty ready for the elements on a 41-degree night in mid-May and showed his sense of humor Monday night after pitching and batting the Chicago Cubs to a 12-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

"It's OK for me. I'm from Alaska," Zambrano said, drawing laughs at his postgame news conference.

"No, it's tough man, especially for me. I'm from South America, Venezuela. It is not this cold. Not even close," he said.

"As a starting pitcher ... don't worry about the cold factor, just try to hit your spots and try to do the best you can to keep the inning quick."

But the Cubs made sure the Padres couldn't get off the field soon enough, scoring six runs in the fifth -- started by Zambrano's double -- and adding five more in the sixth, when he added a single. They had 13 hits and made the most of nine walks issued by the Padres.

Pitching with an extra day's rest after his start Sunday was scratched because of rainy conditions, Zambrano (6-1) allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings. And he was part of a batting order that was on base all night.

"I think we have a very good lineup, very balanced," said Alfonso Soriano, who homered in the fifth and is 7-for-14 during the Cubs' four-game winning streak. "Be more aggressive and, at the same time, selective at home plate. That's what I try to do because I know when I swing at a strike, I know that I hit the ball very hard."

The Cubs' first eight batters reached in the fifth on six hits and two walks. Randy Wolf (2-3) didn't retire a batter in the inning and in four-plus innings, he gave up eight hits, seven runs and five walks.

"In the fifth inning, there is really no way to candy coat it," Wolf said. "I was bad. I didn't make the pitches I needed to. They capitalized on it. You get behind and you don't locate. Those are two recipes for something bad to happen."

Jody Gerut's first homer in nearly three years gave the Padres a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Cubs quickly responded.

Zambrano drove a ball off the wall in right-center for a leadoff double and Soriano followed with a drive to left-center that just cleared the fence for his fourth homer, putting Chicago up 3-2.

Ryan Theriot walked, Derrek Lee singled and Aramis Ramirez had an RBI single before Kosuke Fukudome worked a walk to load the bases. Geovany Soto's two-run single through the middle made it 6-2 and finished Wolf. Mark DeRosa then greeted reliever Sean Henn with an RBI single.

"He couldn't make a pitch to get himself out of it," Padres manager Bud Black said of Wolf.

In the sixth, the Cubs batted around again. They loaded the bases for the third time in the game on Soriano's double and walks to Theriot and Ramirez before Fukudome drew his third walk of the game to force in a run.

It grew worse for the Padres, who have the worst record in the majors at 14-25.

When DeRosa hit a grounder to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, he tried to race to the bag for a force, but Ramirez beat him there. Kouzmanoff then threw wildly to first for an error and three runs ended up scoring on the play as the Cubs went up 11-2. Reed Johnson later added an RBI single.

Fukudome's three walks were a big part of the Cubs' offense.

"The guy knows how to play baseball," Zambrano said. "He came to the U.S. ready to play. One thing I see in Fukudome is he can handle it with all the media and all the fans."

Lee's double into the right-field corner scored Theriot, who singled, in the first to put the Cubs ahead 1-0. Tadahito Iguchi hit an RBI single in the third to tie it.

Notes

  • Zambrano has 17 multihit games in his career.
  • Gerut's last homer came on May 24, 2005, against the Twins while he was playing for the Indians. He wasn't in the majors the last two years.
  • Padres C Michael Barrett, bothered by a sprained right elbow ligament, threw before the game and could go on a rehab assignment soon.
  • Padres LF Scott Hairston fell over the Cubs' bullpen mound chasing Fukudome's foul fly in the sixth, but wasn't hurt.
  • Edgar Gonzalez, just called up from Triple-A, had an RBI single in the seventh for his first major league hit. He is the brother of Padres' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
  • Former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, now with the Padres, had a setback in his rehab from shoulder surgery in April 2007. When he felt discomfort in his shoulder at extended spring training in Arizona, he was sent back to San Diego for an MRI, Black said. Prior might visit Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, to be checked out.
 
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Carlos Zambrano is all smiles, scoring on Alfonso Soriano's go-ahead, two-run blast.  (US Presswire)
Carlos Zambrano is all smiles, scoring on Alfonso Soriano's go-ahead, two-run blast. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Zambrano
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 5
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF3121200 .200
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5011013 .264
Brian Giles, RF3000002 .266
    Paul McAnulty, RF1000000 .217
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010000 .297
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000001 .273
    Justin Germano, P1010000 .375
Khalil Greene, SS4010022 .210
Scott Hairston, LF4120012 .229
Josh Bard, C4010001 .205
Randy Wolf, P2100011 .111
    Sean Henn, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, 3B2011012 .500
Totals36310326  
Batting
2B - Justin Germano (1, Eyre)
HR - Jody Gerut (1, Zambrano)
RBI - Jody Gerut (1), Tadahito Iguchi (11), Edgar Gonzalez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (1), Tadahito Iguchi (6), Edgar Gonzalez (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kouzmanoff-Iguchi-Gonzalez, Iguchi-Gonzalez, Greene-Iguchi-Gonzalez
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Randy Wolf (L,2-3) 4877521 5.16
Sean Henn 1.2355320 27.00
Justin Germano 2.1200110 5.79
WP - Justin Germano (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 95-54, Sean Henn 40-21, Justin Germano 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 3-6, Sean Henn 1-1, Justin Germano 2-3
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Sean Henn 10, Justin Germano 9
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5222002 .232
    Felix Pie, CF0000000 .222
Ryan Theriot, SS3320200 .333
Derrek Lee, 1B4121013 .323
   a- Daryle Ward, PH-1B0000100 .208
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3211111 .282
    Ronny Cedeno, 2B1000001 .333
Kosuke Fukudome, RF2201300 .321
Geovany Soto, C3012113 .315
    Henry Blanco, C1000010 .333
Mark DeRosa, 2B-3B4122103 .279
Reed Johnson, CF-LF4011002 .254
Carlos Zambrano, P4120011 .296
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals3412131095  
a-walked for Lee in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (6, Henn), Derrek Lee (10, Wolf), Carlos Zambrano (2, Wolf)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (4, Wolf)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (14), Derrek Lee (27), Aramis Ramirez (25), Kosuke Fukudome (16), Geovany Soto 2 (26), Mark DeRosa 2 (22), Reed Johnson (14)
2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa (4), Reed Johnson (4)
SB - Derrek Lee (3, 3rd base off Wolf/Bard)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Cedeno-Ward
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,6-1) 7633251 2.03
Scott Eyre 0.2100000 0.00
Bob Howry 1.1300010 5.79
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 96-60, Scott Eyre 13-8, Bob Howry 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 10-6, Scott Eyre 2-0, Bob Howry 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 29, Scott Eyre 3, Bob Howry 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39528
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 41
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight