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Johnson gets hit by pitch with bases loaded in 11th, wins it for Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Jim Edmonds hit a tying home run in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs still lifted him for a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th inning.

And here's how it's going for the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Braves on the road: Atlanta reliever Jeff Ridgway hit Reed Johnson with his first pitch, which forced in the winning run in Chicago's 3-2 victory Thursday.

"It's always hard to win here when you are on the road because the home team is never out of it," said Edmonds, who played for most of this decade with the rival Cardinals.

"It's a tough place to play. ... It's great to be a part of it on this side now."

The Cubs won their 11th straight at Wrigley Field and upped their home record to 29-8. In 1907 -- the year before the Cubs won their last World Series -- they also started their home schedule 29-8 at West Side Grounds.

"I don't believe things go your way. I believe you make things go your way," manager Lou Piniella said.

The Braves have lost six straight and can't seem to win away from Turner Field. They fell to 7-24 on the road this season and have lost their past 21 one-run games on the road since August, matching the longest such streak in major league history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kansas City lost 21 consecutive one-run games on the road from 2000-01.

"We have to make plays to save runs," said Chipper Jones, whose batting average dropped to .414 after going 1-for-5 with an intentional walk. "We need to execute. We don't execute. Everybody else executes, we don't.

"Everybody else makes the crucial play. We're struggling with it. ... This loss here had nothing to do with luck. It was just bad baseball, plain and simple."

Jones would also like to see more effort on the road

"It's not easy to win on the road," he said. "You're in a hostile environment and the whole world is against you. You have to bring it every day. I don't know if some of us bring it every day."

Aramis Ramirez drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th against Manny Acosta (3-5) and moved up on Brian McCann's passed ball. The Braves intentionally walked Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto followed with a single to left. Third base coach Mike Quade started to wave Ramirez home and then gave him a late stop sign.

With the bases loaded, Ridgway replaced Acosta and hit Johnson with his first pitch.

"If that ball doesn't hit me it probably goes to the backstop. It hit me in the back leg. ... It might have been over anyway, even if didn't hit me," Johnson said.

Edmonds, who also had a sacrifice fly, said he had no problem being removed.

"With a laugh I told him (Johnson) I could do that. I could have taken one off the leg," Edmonds said.

Kerry Wood (3-1) struck out four in two scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Edmonds lined a 1-0 pitch from Blaine Boyer just over the fence and into the basket in left field in the ninth, his third home run of the season and second since joining the Cubs last month.

Tim Hudson went 6 2/3 innings for Atlanta, allowing seven hits and a run. Hudson was on his way to his eighth victory of the season before Boyer, who entered the game in the eighth, picked up his third blown save of the year and the Braves' ninth in 19 chances.

Hudson was battling cramps on a humid 86-degree day.

"I had to take him out. He had to get IVs afterwards," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "His hand, he couldn't bend his fingers. ... His entire body started cramping."

Carlos Zambrano worked seven-plus innings for the Cubs, and was charged with two runs and eight hits.

Zambrano, who had a meltdown in the dugout during his previous start in Los Angeles when he threw two water coolers after yielding seven runs, gave up a two-run homer to Jeff Francoeur in the second.

The NL Central-leading Cubs played their first game since losing Alfonso Soriano, who could out for six weeks with a broken hand. Soriano was hit by a pitch from Atlanta's Jeff Bennett on Wednesday night.

Hudson took a five-hit shutout into the seventh. Ramirez hit a leadoff single and reached second when shortstop Yunel Escobar had trouble handling Fukudome's grounder before firing to first to get the out.

Ramirez went to third on Soto's single and scored on Edmonds' sacrifice fly to cut Atlanta's lead to 2-1.

After issuing a four-pitch walk to his first batter in the eighth inning, Mark Teixeira, Zambrano angrily barehanded the return toss from catcher Soto. Reliever Scott Eyre then surrendered a double to McCann and intentionally walked Francoeur to load the bases.

Eyre bounced back to strike out two straight and Carlos Marmol fired a called third strike past pinch-hitter Omar Infante.

Notes

  • The teams wore replica uniforms from the 1948 season. The Braves were in Boston at the time and won the NL pennant. The Cubs finished in last place.
  • Eyre made his 32nd consecutive appearance -- 13th this season -- without allowing a run to set a Cubs record. He had shared the mark with Ryan Dempster, who had 31 straight from Aug. 16, 2005 until April 19, 2006.
 
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Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson takes one for the team and his teammates appreciate it.   (AP)
Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson takes one for the team and his teammates appreciate it. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Edmonds
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS5000101 .293
Kelly Johnson, 2B6030000 .290
Chipper Jones, 3B5010112 .414
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000313 .270
Brian McCann, C5120024 .305
Jeff Francoeur, RF4122120 .257
Greg Norton, LF4010014 .247
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .200
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Ridgway, P0000000 .000
Gregor Blanco, CF5010024 .245
Tim Hudson, P3010013 .103
    Jorge Campillo, P0000000 .182
   b- Omar Infante, PH-LF2000023 .261
Totals432112612  
a-flied out for Ohman in the 10th
b-struck out for Campillo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson 2 (18, Cotts, Wood), Brian McCann (20, Eyre)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (8, Zambrano)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur 2 (38)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Teixeira, Johnson-Escobar-Teixeira
PB - Brian McCann (1)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 6.2711150 2.76
Jorge Campillo (H,4) 0.1000000 2.15
Blaine Boyer (BS,3) 1.2211101 4.03
Will Ohman 0.1000010 2.25
Manny Acosta (L,3-5) 1111200 4.54
Jeff Ridgway0000000 0.00
IBB - Fukudome by Manny Acosta
HBP - Johnson (by Jeff Ridgway)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 102-63, Jorge Campillo 1-1, Blaine Boyer 32-20, Will Ohman 4-3, Manny Acosta 22-11, Jeff Ridgway 1-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-6, Blaine Boyer 3-2, Manny Acosta 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 26, Jorge Campillo 1, Blaine Boyer 8, Will Ohman 1, Manny Acosta 6, Jeff Ridgway 1
Chicago Cubs
Eric Patterson, LF5010001 .091
Ryan Theriot, SS5000001 .316
Derrek Lee, 1B5010011 .282
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3210200 .303
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4010102 .296
Geovany Soto, C5030010 .288
Jim Edmonds, CF3112011 .212
   a- Reed Johnson, PH0001000 .267
Mark DeRosa, 2B3010110 .313
Carlos Zambrano, P3010012 .362
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH0000000 .421
   c- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000010 .292
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
Totals37310346  
a-hit by pitch for Edmonds in the 11th
b-announced for Cotts in the 9th
c-struck out for Hoffpauir in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (17, Boyer)
HR - Jim Edmonds (3, Boyer)
SF - Jim Edmonds (2)
RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (17), Reed Johnson (28)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Theriot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 7822331 2.98
Scott Eyre 0.2100120 0.00
Carlos Marmol 0.2000010 2.20
Neal Cotts 0.2100120 0.00
Kerry Wood (W,3-1) 2100140 2.48
IBB - Francoeur by Scott Eyre, Teixeira by Neal Cotts, Jones by Kerry Wood
WP - Neal Cotts (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 103-55, Scott Eyre 15-7, Carlos Marmol 12-7, Neal Cotts 16-10, Kerry Wood 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 10-7
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 31, Scott Eyre 4, Carlos Marmol 2, Neal Cotts 4, Kerry Wood 8
Game Information
Attendance - 41517
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Ted Barrett