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Cubs avoid sweep in Phoenix, retain one-game lead in NL Central

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PHOENIX -- Reed Johnson got the big hit for the Chicago Cubs, a grand slam in the eighth inning. It was left-hander Ted Lilly's single, however, that drew praise from manager Lou Piniella.

Johnson had three hits, including the home run that broke open a close game, and the Cubs routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-6 on Wednesday night.

Lilly (10-6) allowed six hits in six innings and had the RBI single and a stolen base to help Chicago win for the second time in six games since the All-Star break and remain one game in front of Milwaukee in the NL Central.

"Obviously the big blow was the grand slam but Lilly did his part, a little base hit," Piniella said.

Lilly, who came into the game hitting .189, tied the game with a run-scoring single during a three-run fifth that gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Newly activated Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot drove in runs with groundouts.

"I mean, the hit -- I don't know how to explain that one," Lilly said. "That one kind of worked out. I didn't hit it hard or anything, caught a break there."

Lilly later stole third and scored on Theriot's grounder.

"It felt good on the bases," Lilly said. "If we were going to have an opportunity, I felt like I needed to take advantage of any opportunity there was to take a base or whatever."

Arizona cut the lead to 4-3 on Conor Jackson's run-scoring triple in the fifth, one of his three hits. Chris Young had three doubles.

Doug Davis (3-4) scattered five hits over seven innings, striking out six.

"I couldn't stay away from the big inning tonight," Davis said. "No outs, second and third, Lilly comes up with a good hit, not only that (but) when he gets on second, he steals third. That was a huge turning point."

Lilly threw 115 pitches over six innings, the most he has thrown in a game all season, allowing six hits and striking out six.

"I guess my stuff was pretty good," Lilly said. "I was very erratic, I was behind in the count a lot tonight, I don't know how many guys I walked but it was a lot. So more than not having good stuff, I was just falling behind, not commanding my fast ball."

After Jackson's triple in the fifth, Reynolds struck out and Young hit a grounder to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who threw home, getting Jackson caught in a rundown. Young went to second on the play but was picked off by Lilly trying to steal third.

"Early on, for the first few innings, we had some opportunities we didn't cash in on," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "But we had been swinging the bats better, we had been better in those situations. There were a couple of man-on-thirds with less than two outs that we didn't get in and those end up costing you as the game goes on a little bit."

Ramirez ended an 0-for-26 slump with an eighth-inning single. Chicago scored twice off Arizona reliever Micah Owings, who was lifted after surrendering a bases-loaded walk to DeRosa. But Johnson followed with his fourth home run off Leo Rosales to give Chicago a 10-3 lead.

Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Arizona, which remained a game in front of Los Angeles in the NL West.

Derrek Lee gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with his 16th home run with two outs in the first. Tony Clark, acquired by the Diamondbacks last week, hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

The Cubs activated Soriano before the game and he hit in the leadoff spot. Soriano, selected to the All-Star game seven years in a row, had been out since fracturing a finger June 11 against Atlanta. He went 1-for-5, including a double after the Cubs had scored six runs in the eighth.

Notes

  • Diamondbacks 2B Orlando Hudson was not in the lineup Wednesday after getting hit on the ankle with a pitch Tuesday night. Hudson said after the game he had only a bad bruise and should be back in the lineup this weekend at San Francisco.
  • Lilly became the third Chicago pitcher to get into double digits in victories. The Cubs are the only team in the majors with three 10-game winners.
 
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Geovany Soto leads the welcoming committee for Reed Johnson after his grand slam in the eighth.  (AP)
Geovany Soto leads the welcoming committee for Reed Johnson after his grand slam in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

R. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

C. Snyder
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Ryan Theriot, SS4101101 .324
Derrek Lee, 1B5121001 .299
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5110021 .268
Geovany Soto, C5111012 .274
Kosuke Fukudome, RF2100301 .277
Mark DeRosa, 2B3211112 .279
Reed Johnson, CF4234000 .280
Ted Lilly, P2111012 .205
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000010 .265
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000010 .263
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals3710101058  
a-struck out for Lilly in the 7th
b-struck out for Cotts in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (12, Rosales), Reed Johnson (14, Davis)
HR - Derrek Lee (16, Davis), Reed Johnson (4, Rosales)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (41), Ryan Theriot (28), Derrek Lee (60), Geovany Soto (57), Mark DeRosa (51), Reed Johnson 4 (36), Ted Lilly (3)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (12)
SB - Ted Lilly (1, 3rd base off Davis/Snyder)
CS - Aramis Ramirez (2, 2nd base by Davis/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,10-6) 6633361 4.49
Neal Cotts (H,5) 1000010 2.50
Bob Howry 1333021 5.21
Carlos Marmol 1100120 3.98
WP - Ted Lilly (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 115-69, Neal Cotts 15-8, Bob Howry 33-23, Carlos Marmol 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 7-4, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Neal Cotts 3, Bob Howry 6, Carlos Marmol 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4010101 .270
Augie Ojeda, 2B4100102 .262
Conor Jackson, LF3131200 .314
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000045 .245
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000012 .302
Chris Young, CF4230000 .234
Tony Clark, 1B4112013 .222
Chris Snyder, C4113011 .241
Chris Burke, RF3010001 .190
   b- Alex Romero, PH-RF1000010 .246
Doug Davis, P1000010 .100
   c- Jamie D'Antona, PH1000010 .500
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .275
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Billy Buckner, P0000000 .000
   d- Miguel Montero, PH1000010 .246
Totals356106411  
a-struck out for Reynolds in the 9th
b-struck out for Burke in the 8th
c-struck out for Davis in the 7th
d-struck out for Buckner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (23, Marmol), Chris Young 3 (26, Lilly, Lilly, Howry)
3B - Conor Jackson (6, Lilly)
HR - Tony Clark (2, Lilly), Chris Snyder (8, Howry)
SH - Doug Davis (6)
RBI - Conor Jackson (52), Tony Clark 2 (14), Chris Snyder 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Snyder 3 (12)
SB - Conor Jackson (7, 2nd base off Lilly/Soto), Chris Young (7, 3rd base off Lilly/Soto), Chris Burke (4, 3rd base off Lilly/Soto)
CS - Chris Young (3, 3rd base by Lilly/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
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E - Conor Jackson (7, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (20, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,3-5) 7544261 4.22
Micah Owings 0.1255300 5.40
Leo Rosales 0.2211011 3.29
Billy Buckner 1100010 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 103-66, Micah Owings 21-7, Leo Rosales 12-8, Billy Buckner 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 9-6, Leo Rosales 1-0, Billy Buckner 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 28, Micah Owings 6, Leo Rosales 4, Billy Buckner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37301
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg