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Phil Dumatrait walked seven batters and Reed Johnson hit a sacrifice fly that put the Cubs ahead for good in their 4-3 victory against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
"I was terrible. I wasn't pounding the strike zone and walked entirely too many guys. If I just throw like I can, I feel like we had a good chance to win today. I just didn't get the job done," Dumatrait said. "Today, that was all on me."
The Cubs have taken eight of the nine meetings with the Pirates this season.
Alfonso Soriano also drove in a run on a fly and Kosuke Fukudome and Ronny Cedeno had RBI singles to help the Cubs beat the Pirates for the eighth time in nine meetings this season.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Pirates.
Cubs starter Jason Marquis (2-3) won for the first time since April 19, allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Bob Howry, Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood finished with three scoreless innings. Wood pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
"I thought Jason threw the ball real well after LaRoche's home run in the first inning," Mark DeRosa said. "He was able to really keep us in the game and allow us to get back in it and eventually take the lead. A lot needs to be credited to the pitchers for allowing us to scrap our way and grab four runs."
Dumatrait (1-2) lasted 4 2/3 innings. He walked the first three batters of the third, and Soriano's fly and Cedeno's single tied it at 2 after LaRoche's two-run homer in the first.
Fukudome led off the fourth inning with a walk, took third on a double steal after DeRosa's single and come home on Johnson's go-ahead fly.
Dumatrait was pulled after Fukudome's two-out RBI single, which followed two more bases on balls.
Before the game, the Cubs placed PH Daryle Ward on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his back and purchased the contract of OF Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa. Hoffpauir struck out as a pinch hitter in the fifth. ... Despite owning the second best record in baseball, Cubs manager Lou Piniella is remaining cautious. "I think we have a chance. A lot of baseball to be played, a lot of things can happen. Like I said, the division has gotten tougher, the National League as a whole, we're little bit more of a marked team and I think for people to make those conclusions if they feel that good about it, they should load up in Vegas, but I don't feel that way," Piniella said.
|Players of the Game|
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|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Nate McLouth, CF||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.258|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||1||1||.207|
|Xavier Nady, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.309|
|Doug Mientkiewicz, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Ronny Paulino, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.218|
|Brian Bixler, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.171|
|Phil Dumatrait, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Marino Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Grabow in the 7th|
|2B - Freddy Sanchez (11, Marquis)|
|HR - Adam LaRoche (5, Marquis)|
|RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (6)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Dumatrait-Bixler-LaRoche|
|PB - Ronny Paulino (1)|
|Phil Dumatrait (L,1-2)||4.2||4||4||4||7||2||0||4.39|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 105-52, Marino Salas 10-5, John Grabow 10-7, Tyler Yates 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 4-7, Tyler Yates 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 24, Marino Salas 2, John Grabow 2, Tyler Yates 6|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.324|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.289|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.274|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.314|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.321|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.300|
|Reed Johnson, CF||1||1||0||1||1||0||0||.256|
|Jason Marquis, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.176|
|a- Micah Hoffpauir, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Marquis in the 6th|
|SF - Alfonso Soriano (2), Reed Johnson (3)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano (26), Ronny Cedeno (19), Kosuke Fukudome (17), Reed Johnson (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (5)|
|SB - Kosuke Fukudome (4, 3rd base off Dumatrait/Paulino), Mark DeRosa (3, 2nd base off Dumatrait/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Cedeno-DeRosa-Lee|
|E - Mark DeRosa (5, Throwing)|
|Jason Marquis (W,2-3)||6||4||3||2||1||3||1||4.96|
|Bob Howry (H,5)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||6.23|
|Carlos Marmol (H,11)||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||1.61|
|Kerry Wood (S,10)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.57|
|HBP - McLouth (by Jason Marquis)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 94-61, Bob Howry 17-7, Carlos Marmol 20-11, Kerry Wood 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 5-9, Bob Howry 1-2, Kerry Wood 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 23, Bob Howry 5, Carlos Marmol 4, Kerry Wood 3|
|Attendance - 41321|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jim Wolf|