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Hill's homer, Fukudome's sac fly all Cubs need vs. Dodgers

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CHICAGO -- Ted Lilly had no reason to argue with umpires Friday.

Four days after getting thrown out of a game he wasn't even pitching for arguing balls and strikes, the Cubs' left-hander threw seven strong innings and got a win over the team with the best record in the majors.

Koyie Hill homered and Kosuke Fukudome hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh, rallying Chicago Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.

After a wild week that saw Lilly jump the dugout railing to yell at umpire Bob Davidson, Ryan Dempster attack a dugout Gatorade machine, and Carlos Zambrano throw an all-time temper tantrum, the Cubs needed a quiet, solid performance from a starter.

"Obviously we haven't been playing real well, so it's been emotional," Lilly said.

Lilly (6-4) and the Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (6-3) each opened with six scoreless innings. Cubs manager Lou Piniella called his performance "professional," a high compliment on a Cubs team that has teetered on the edge while fighting to stay above .500.

"I've got a lot of work left to do," Lilly said. "I'm happy today with the way we competed and the way I threw the ball."

Matt Kemp hit his fifth home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. The Cubs bounced back in the bottom half and ended Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.

"Both guys certainly didn't deserve to lose. Billingsley pitched his tail off again. I know how tough Lilly can be," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

Hill led off the Cubs' seventh with his second homer, just over the wall in right field. With one out, pinch-hitter Jake Fox, Alfonso Soriano and Bobby Scales each singled to load the bases for Fukudome, who hit a high flyball to center field.

This was a rare low-scoring win for the Cubs, who are now 1-19 when scoring under four runs.

"We had some chances early in the game, but we didn't take advantage of them," Piniella said. "Finally we got a couple runs there in the seventh inning and we got Ted Lilly a nice, deserved win. He pitched very well."

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth, and held on for his eighth save in nine chances. Andre Ethier singled with two outs and Kemp reached on Scales' error at third base, but Gregg got pinch-hitter Mark Loretta to ground into a force play.

The umpires had to huddle in the eighth after reliever Carlos Marmol's pitch hit Juan Pierre, who was trying to bunt. Plate umpire Tim Timmons called it a strike and Pierre asked him to check with third base umpire Mark Wegner, who upheld the call.

Hill, the catcher, said he knew the pitch hit Pierre but kept quiet for obvious reasons. Piniella had a more concise take.

"All I know is it was strike two," the Cubs manager said.

Lilly, who had lost his previous two starts, gave up four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

Billingsley lost his second straight start. He allowed both runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out seven.

"You've got to give credit to Ted Lilly," Billingsley said. "He pitched a great game, kept us off-balance."

Playing with several substitutes in the starting lineup, the Cubs continued to waste scoring opportunities against the NL West-leading Dodgers. After blowing several late scoring chances in their 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Cubs came into the game hitting .240 with just 64 RBI with runners in scoring position and less than two outs. By comparison, the Dodgers were hitting .312 with 143 RBI in the same situations, albeit with 87 more at-bats.

In this series, the Cubs are 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position, while the Dodgers are 1-for-11.

"When we hit with men in scoring position, we hit," Piniella said. "What am I going to do about it? Relax and swing the bat."

Notes

  • Soriano started and hit leadoff despite pain in his left knee. Piniella said he might soon give Soriano a few days.
  • Cubs P Rich Harden, currently on the disabled list, said his back is improving. There is still no timetable on his return.
  • Hiroki Kuroda will return to the Dodgers' rotation Monday. The injured pitcher hasn't started for the Dodgers since opening day.
  • Cubs SS Ryan Theriot was out with the flu bug that has been lingering this week.
 
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Jake Fox scores on Kosuke Fukudome's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, which eventually wins it for Chicago. (AP)
Jake Fox scores on Kosuke Fukudome's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, which eventually wins it for Chicago. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Lilly
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF3000101 .397
Russell Martin, C3010101 .264
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010012 .338
James Loney, 1B4000042 .292
Casey Blake, 3B3010100 .302
Andre Ethier, RF4010002 .257
Matt Kemp, CF3111100 .296
Juan Castro, SS3000021 .357
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000002 .326
Chad Billingsley, P2000001 .208
   b- Rafael Furcal, PH-SS0000100 .240
Totals3015157  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Leach in the 9th
b-walked for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
HR - Matt Kemp (5, Lilly)
RBI - Matt Kemp (29)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Andre Ethier (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (L,6-3) 7822271 2.80
Brent Leach 1000010 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 87-54
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 9-5, Brent Leach 2-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 31, Brent Leach 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010020 .253
Bobby Scales, 3B4010010 .268
Kosuke Fukudome, CF-RF3011000 .311
Derrek Lee, 1B3000113 .244
Micah Hoffpauir, RF4020001 .287
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Mike Fontenot, 2B4010003 .221
Koyie Hill, C3111122 .289
Andres Blanco, SS3000005 .111
Ted Lilly, P2000020 .095
   a- Jake Fox, PH1110000 .750
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, CF0000000 .239
Totals3128228  
a-singled for Lilly in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (10, Billingsley), Micah Hoffpauir (7, Billingsley)
HR - Koyie Hill (2, Billingsley)
SF - Kosuke Fukudome (2)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (20), Koyie Hill (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Blanco-Fontenot-Lee, Blanco-Lee, Fontenot-Blanco-Lee
E - Bobby Scales (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,6-4) 7411351 3.50
Carlos Marmol (H,12) 1000210 3.27
Kevin Gregg (S,8) 1100010 4.87
WP - Ted Lilly (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 102-68, Carlos Marmol 17-8, Kevin Gregg 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 9-5, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Kevin Gregg 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Carlos Marmol 4, Kevin Gregg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40148
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mark Wegner