Florida at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: C. Zambrano (3-1) L: R. Nolasco (1-3)
S: K. Gregg (3)
HR: FLA - J. Baker (2)   CHC - M. Fontenot (5), D. Lee (3)

Lee's slam lifts Cubs past Marlins; Zambrano strains left hamstring

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Just when the Chicago Cubs started swinging the bats, they might have lost the centerpiece to their pitching staff.

Derrek Lee hit a grand slam shortly after Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano hurt himself while beating out a bunt single, and Chicago defeated the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Sunday for their third consecutive victory.

 Cubs retire No. 31 of legends Maddux, Jenkins

Zambrano strained his left hamstring on his leadoff hit in the fifth inning and left the game.

Zambrano was taken to a hospital for an MRI exam. The Cubs will have the results on Monday, though manager Lou Piniella said Big Z's next scheduled start "is in jeopardy."

"That will be a big blow," Lee said. "Hopefully it's not too serious. He's a horse and we don't want him to miss too many games.

If Zambrano misses any time, the Cubs will need their bats to continue this weekend's surge.

Chicago, which led the National League in runs scored last season, had gone seven of nine games of scoring three runs or fewer until breaking out for an 8-6 victory on Friday night. Chicago then won 6-1 on Saturday.

Mike Fontenot went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base for Chicago, which won its third straight for only the second time this season.

Ryan Theriot also went 2-for-4, but his surprising home-run streak ended at two games. He had gone 620 at-bats without a homer before his grand slam on Friday. He added a two-run shot on Saturday.

"We're putting some runs on the board with a little more consistency and we're winning with a little more consistency," Piniella said. "If we get Derrek swinging the bat the way he's capable of, it really helps our offense."

John Baker homered, doubled and singled for the Marlins, who have lost 10 of 13 since starting the season 11-1. Hanley Ramirez added a double and three walks for Florida.

Ricky Nolasco allowed five earned runs and eight hits in six innings. A year after setting career bests with 15 wins and an ERA of 3.52, he has allowed at least four runs in all but one of his six starts this season.

"Other than a pitch here or there, I thought out of the six innings he pitched four that were pretty decent innings," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Zambrano (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings to earn career win No. 99. Known for taking big swings at the plate, he dropped down a bunt in the bottom half of the fifth and stretched to beat the throw from Nolasco (1-3).

Pitcher Rich Harden pinch-ran for Zambrano, and the Cubs loaded the bases on Ryan Theriot's bunt single and right fielder Ross Gload's error on a fly ball by Kosuke Fukudome.

Lee followed with his ninth career grand slam, a shot over the center-field wall.

"Good teams are going to capitalize on the mistakes you make," Nolasco said. "One pitch right there completely ruined my whole outing."

After batting .189 in April, Lee had two hits Friday and hit a home run Saturday. Following his grand slam, he came back out for a curtain call.

"I didn't know if I wanted to come out because they've been booing me every at-bat, but it felt good," Lee said. "Honestly, I don't worry about the power. I just really am concerned with having consistent, good at-bats. I think after that, things take care of themselves."

Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save. He was helped by Fukudome, who made a diving catch in right field on Emilio Bonifacio's sinking liner for the final out.

Florida loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but Cubs reliever Angel Guzman managed to wiggle himself out of the jam while allowing only one run on a sacrifice fly by Dan Uggla. Guzman then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Baker led off the eighth with a home run off Carlos Marmol to pull Florida within 6-4. Marmol then walked Hanley Ramirez with no outs, but didn't allow any more damage.


  • The Cubs retired No. 31 in honor of pitchers Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux before the game. Both Jenkins and Maddux spent 10 years in Chicago.
  • Zambrano has won five consecutive decisions against the Marlins
  • Uggla returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday with tightness in his left hamstring.
  • Nolasco was a fourth-round draft pick of the Cubs in 2001.
  • Florida has gone a club-record 16 consecutive games without a victory by a starting pitcher.
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Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal checks on Carlos Zambrano after the pitcher reaches first on a bunt single. (AP)
Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal checks on Carlos Zambrano after the pitcher reaches first on a bunt single. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Baker
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1

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Florida Marlins
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John Baker, C4331000 .302
Hanley Ramirez, SS1010300 .280
Jorge Cantu, 1B4001011 .333
Dan Uggla, 2B3001002 .212
Jeremy Hermida, LF4110013 .235
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Cody Ross, CF4010002 .222
Ross Gload, RF4000001 .206
Ricky Nolasco, P2001010 .111
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000000 .233
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1010000 .258
a-grounded out for Nolasco in the 7th
2B - John Baker (6, Guzman), Hanley Ramirez (8, Zambrano)
HR - John Baker (2, Marmol)
SF - Dan Uggla (1)
RBI - John Baker (10), Jorge Cantu (25), Dan Uggla (18), Ricky Nolasco (2)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (4, 2nd base by Zambrano/Soto)
Team LOB - 6
E - Ross Gload (1, Dropped line drive)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,1-3) 6865052 7.03
Kiko Calero 1.2000040 2.08
Matt Lindstrom 0.1100000 8.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 112-70, Kiko Calero 26-15, Matt Lindstrom 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-11, Kiko Calero 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Kiko Calero 5, Matt Lindstrom 2
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010021 .277
Ryan Theriot, SS4120021 .323
Kosuke Fukudome, CF-RF4100002 .312
Derrek Lee, 1B4114012 .209
Milton Bradley, RF4000010 .116
    Joey Gathright, CF0000000 .111
Mike Fontenot, 3B4121010 .266
Geovany Soto, C4110011 .158
Aaron Miles, 2B3011000 .185
Carlos Zambrano, P2010011 .278
    Rich Harden, PR0100000 .250
    Angel Guzman, P1000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
2B - Geovany Soto (2, Nolasco), Aaron Miles (2, Nolasco)
HR - Derrek Lee (3, Nolasco), Mike Fontenot (5, Nolasco)
RBI - Derrek Lee 4 (15), Mike Fontenot (14), Aaron Miles (3)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Miles (2)
SB - Mike Fontenot (1, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Baker)
Team LOB - 4
E - Angel Guzman (1, Missed catch of throw), Aaron Miles (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,3-1) 5422130 4.50
Angel Guzman 2111100 4.05
Carlos Marmol (H,5) 1111121 5.73
Kevin Gregg (S,3) 1100000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 78-51, Angel Guzman 31-22, Carlos Marmol 26-16, Kevin Gregg 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 5-6, Angel Guzman 3-4, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 19, Angel Guzman 9, Carlos Marmol 5, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40457
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth