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Harden, Fukudome lead Cubs to first DH road sweep in 16 years

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- A Cubs fans hoisted a sign proclaiming Turner Field to be "Wrigley Field of the South."

The Cubs played like they were at home as they continued their hot streak on the road.

Rich Harden pitched five scoreless innings, Kosuke Fukudome drove in two runs with two hits and the Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-0 on Wednesday night to complete their first sweep of a road doubleheader since 1992.

Chicago (73-47) improved to 26 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 1984 season 96-55, and the two wins pushed their road streak to seven in a row, their longest since June 12-22, 2004.

"Let's not talk about that and just hope it continues," said manager Lou Piniella.

The shutout came after Geovany Soto and Jim Edmonds homered and Jason Marquis defeated his old team in the Cubs' 10-2 rout in the opener.

"We got good hitting both games and really good pitching," Piniella said. "Our bullpen came in and did a good job. What else can I say?"

By contrast, the Braves struggled in every phase.

"We scored two runs in 18 innings," said manager Bobby Cox, who was ejected in the first game. "We were behind 4-0 by the second inning both games."

Harden (2-1) set a season high with five walks but allowed only two hits and struck out two.

"I didn't really have good stuff," said Harden, who combined with four relievers for the three-hit shutout, the team's fifth. "I had to throw a lot of pitches."

Harden has two victories during the road winning streak, which has helped the NL Central leaders improve to 28-30 away from home. The Cubs have outscored the Braves 38-11 and are 5-0 in the season series.

"We struggled from the first pitch of the game," said Braves catcher Brian McCann. "It's frustrating to play so poorly today. We just didn't do anything good."

Aramis Ramirez had a run-scoring single and Edmonds also drove in a run before Fukudome's two-run single off Jorge Campillo (7-5) in Chicago's four-run first inning.

Fukudome had been 3-for-32 (.093) in August before finally breaking through.

Alfonso Soriano drove in Henry Blanco with a fourth-inning double, and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson singled in the ninth and scored when Mike Gonzalez issued a bases-loaded walk to Derrek Lee. Ramirez drove in another run with a fly ball to center off Julian Tavarez.

After retiring the first eight batters, Harden walked three in a row with two outs in the third. Harden escaped the bases-loaded jam when Casey Kotchman grounded out to first base.

Notes

  • The Cubs swept a doubleheader at St. Louis on June 8, 1992.
  • Morton is 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA in six home starts.
  • The Braves had a pregame tribute before the night game for late broadcaster Skip Caray. Six of his grandchildren threw out the first pitch, and the team unveiled a sign proclaiming the Skip Caray Broadcast Booth. Caray was 68 when he died at his home on Aug. 3.
  • 3B Chipper Jones missed the second game with a stomach virus.
 
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Alfonso Soriano (right) and the Cubs complete their first doubleheader road sweep since June 1992.  (AP)
Alfonso Soriano (right) and the Cubs complete their first doubleheader road sweep since June 1992. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

R. Harden
IP 5.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 5
K 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4111111 .299
Ryan Theriot, SS4220101 .317
Derrek Lee, 1B4111121 .290
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4122010 .282
Jim Edmonds, CF3101111 .243
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1001000 .290
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .500
Mark DeRosa, 2B4010112 .279
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5022003 .268
Henry Blanco, C3100103 .282
Rich Harden, P1000010 .125
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000001 .217
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
   c- Reed Johnson, PH-CF1110000 .302
Totals35810867  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Edmonds in the 9th
b-grounded out for Harden in the 6th
c-singled for Wood in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (18, Campillo), Aramis Ramirez (32, Campillo)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (5)
SH - Rich Harden (3)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (57), Derrek Lee (71), Aramis Ramirez 2 (78), Jim Edmonds (48), Mike Fontenot (31), Kosuke Fukudome 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (18)
SB - Ryan Theriot (18, 2nd base off Campillo/McCann), Kosuke Fukudome (11, 3rd base off J. Bennett/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago Cubs
Rich Harden (W,7-2) 5200520 2.17
Chad Gaudin 1000110 3.47
Neal Cotts 1100010 3.09
Kerry Wood 1000010 2.83
Sean Marshall 1000010 3.55
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 92-51, Chad Gaudin 21-12, Neal Cotts 19-13, Kerry Wood 10-8, Sean Marshall 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 5-8, Neal Cotts 1-1, Kerry Wood 1-1, Sean Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 22, Chad Gaudin 4, Neal Cotts 4, Kerry Wood 3, Sean Marshall 3
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF2000101 .261
Yunel Escobar, SS3020100 .281
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000005 .273
Brian McCann, C4000022 .302
Omar Infante, LF3000100 .309
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000021 .266
Martin Prado, 3B4010000 .311
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000102 .224
Jorge Campillo, P0000100 .152
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH0000100 .218
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000011 .255
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   c- Clint Sammons, PH1000010 .300
Totals2903066  
a-walked for Campillo in the 5th
b-struck out for J. Bennett in the 7th
c-struck out for Tavarez in the 9th
Batting
SH - Gregor Blanco (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Johnson-Kotchman
E - Brian McCann (6, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Campillo (L,7-5) 5755250 3.09
Jeff Bennett 2100010 4.16
Will Ohman 1000110 2.57
Mike Gonzalez0133300 3.93
Julian Tavarez 1100000 5.34
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 82-54, Jeff Bennett 29-18, Will Ohman 17-10, Mike Gonzalez 18-5, Julian Tavarez 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 5-5, Jeff Bennett 4-1, Will Ohman 1-1, Julian Tavarez 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 24, Jeff Bennett 7, Will Ohman 4, Mike Gonzalez 4, Julian Tavarez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33714
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Damien Beal