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Cubs 4, Pirates 3

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' chances for another rare victory against the Chicago Cubs got away from them. Walked, actually.

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.

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Players of the Game

J. Marquis
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 3

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120002 .260
Nate McLouth, CF3100011 .306
Jason Bay, LF3000103 .258
Adam LaRoche, 1B4123011 .207
Xavier Nady, RF4000022 .309
Doug Mientkiewicz, 3B3000100 .232
Ronny Paulino, C3000111 .218
Brian Bixler, SS4000031 .171
Phil Dumatrait, P2000001 .000
    Marino Salas, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1010000 .227
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .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)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Phil Dumatrait (L,1-2) 4.2444720 4.39
Marino Salas 0.2000000 3.38
John Grabow 0.2000020 1.40
Tyler Yates 2000030 3.05
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
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF3011010 .296
Ronny Cedeno, SS4011011 .324
Derrek Lee, 1B3100103 .289
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000102 .274
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3111110 .314
Geovany Soto, C3000121 .321
Mark DeRosa, 2B3110113 .300
Reed Johnson, CF1101100 .256
Jason Marquis, P1000101 .176
   a- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1000010 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .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)
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (W,2-3) 6432131 4.96
Bob Howry (H,5) 1100100 6.23
Carlos Marmol (H,11) 1000130 1.61
Kerry Wood (S,10) 1000020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 41321
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jim Wolf