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Lee's solo shot in 10th helps Cubs rebound to win

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MIAMI -- The Chicago Cubs lost ace Carlos Zambrano and slugger Aramis Ramirez to injuries. They blew an early six-run lead, and a three-run lead one strike from victory. They ran out of players and had Alfonso Soriano changing positions after each batter in the final inning.

Yet they won.

Derrek Lee led off the 10th with a home run Saturday night, and the Cubs beat the relentless but hapless Florida Marlins 9-8.

"It was crazy," Lee said. "Back and forth."

 Cubs' Zambrano, Ramirez leave game with injuries

Florida staged an impressive comeback in the ninth but left 14 runners on base, committed three errors and allowed three unearned runs.

The Cubs weren't exactly sharp themselves. They also stranded 14, struck out 14 times and gave up nine walks.

"We won," manager Lou Piniella said. "How do you explain that?"

Zambrano was given a 6-0 lead but struggled with his control and left the game because of a stiff back after throwing 62 pitches. The right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first, later hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch and allowed two runs before departing.

"It's nothing to worry about," Zambrano said. "It's just a tight back. I'll just have to treat it and get ready for my next start."

Florida's Ramirez, who leads the NL with a .343 average, left in the third with a bruised left leg. Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs before departing in the 10th after he was hit in the left forearm by a pitch.

Neither injury was believed to be serious.

Cubs closer Kevin Gregg had an 8-5 lead in the ninth and retired the first two batters before Ronny Paulino connected on a 2-2 pitch for his first career pinch-hit homer. Chris Coghlan and Marlins newcomer Nick Johnson singled, and Emilio Bonifacio's triple tied the score.

Gregg (4-2) retired Jorge Cantu on an inning-ending groundout, and the Cubs quickly regained the lead when Lee hit his 21st homer off Leo Nunez (3-4).

Aaron Heilman earned his first save this year with a perfect 10th to complete the 4-hour, 11-minute marathon.

"One of the craziest games I've ever been involved in," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Both teams used all of their position players. Outfielder Soriano was forced to fill in as an emergency infielder in the 10th, when Piniella moved him from second base to third and back to second to reduce the chance the ball would be hit to him.

"They'll think the manager got drunk," Piniella said.

"Thank God they didn't hit me a groundball," Soriano said, "because I didn't know what was going to happen."

The Marlins twice left the bases loaded, the second time when they trailed 6-5 in the eighth against Carlos Marmol.

Marmol walked two batters and hit another, then fell behind Dan Uggla 2-0. The right-hander came back with three consecutive strikes to strike out Uggla looking, then struck out Jeremy Hermida swinging.

Marmol celebrated his escape with a fist pump and screamed along with the many Cubs fans in the crowd of 35,811.

"I don't know how Marmol got out of the eighth," Piniella said. "But he did."

Johnson, making his Marlins debut at first base after being acquired from Washington, reached base five times and doubled home a run. Hermida had two run-scoring singles.

Cantu, who moved to third to make room for Johnson, committed two throwing errors. The second misfire led to two unearned runs in the ninth, which scored on Ryan Theriot's triple.

"I messed the plays up," Cantu said. "I can't do that."

Burke Badenhop, making only his second start this year, lasted only 1 2/3 innings for Florida. He walked four and gave up six runs, five earned.

Zambrano needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning. After walking three, he escaped when Lee made a lunging backhanded stop at first base to retire Hermida for the third out.

Notes

  • Piniella said LHP Ted Lilly (shoulder) might be ready for a rehabilitation start as early as Aug. 14 and could rejoin the rotation after that.
  • Koyie Hill started his 22nd consecutive game. That's the longest streak for a Cubs catcher since Damon Berryhill started 25 in a row in 1989.
  • The Cubs led the NL in July with 36 homers.
 
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Derrek Lee, who goes 4 for 6 with a homer and 3 RBI, scores on Aramis Ramirez's double in the first.  (AP)
Derrek Lee, who goes 4 for 6 with a homer and 3 RBI, scores on Aramis Ramirez's double in the first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, CF3110322 .271
Andres Blanco, SS-2B3210101 .237
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
   a- Jake Fox, PH0000100 .311
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1000002 .237
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B6243013 .293
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5123035 .349
    Sam Fuld, PR-LF0000000 .350
Milton Bradley, RF4110131 .251
Alfonso Soriano, LF-2B^3B^2B5000104 .251
Mike Fontenot, 2B3110020 .229
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Baker, 2B-3B^2B^3B3100002 .183
Koyie Hill, C6000026 .208
Carlos Zambrano, P2010001 .231
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Theriot, SS3022010 .292
Totals449138714  
a-walked for Guzman in the 8th
b-grounded out for Marmol in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (19, Sanches), Aramis Ramirez (9, Badenhop), Mike Fontenot (15, Badenhop)
3B - Ryan Theriot (4, Pinto)
HR - Derrek Lee (21, Nunez)
SH - Milton Bradley (1)
RBI - Derrek Lee 3 (69), Aramis Ramirez 3 (33), Ryan Theriot 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (26), Aramis Ramirez (16), Ryan Theriot 2 (21)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
PB - Koyie Hill (1)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 3321320 3.35
Jeff Samardzija 1.2333310 6.52
John Grabow 0.2000100 3.31
Angel Guzman (H,12) 1.2300020 2.42
Carlos Marmol (H,24) 1000220 3.53
Kevin Gregg (BS,4; W,4-2) 1433021 3.83
Aaron Heilman (S,1) 1000010 4.38
IBB - Baker by Jeff Samardzija, Cantu by Carlos Marmol
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Carlos Zambrano), N. Johnson (by Carlos Marmol)
WP - Carlos Zambrano (4), Jeff Samardzija (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 62-35, Jeff Samardzija 41-18, John Grabow 13-6, Angel Guzman 27-15, Carlos Marmol 23-9, Kevin Gregg 38-25, Aaron Heilman 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 4-3, Jeff Samardzija 2-1, John Grabow 1-1, Angel Guzman 1-1, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 16, Jeff Samardzija 10, John Grabow 3, Angel Guzman 7, Carlos Marmol 6, Kevin Gregg 7, Aaron Heilman 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5121111 .255
Nick Johnson, 1B3121201 .298
Hanley Ramirez, SS1100001 .343
    Emilio Bonifacio, SS2122100 .249
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000204 .286
Dan Uggla, 2B4100234 .226
Jeremy Hermida, RF6032026 .257
Cody Ross, CF6011021 .258
John Baker, C4120122 .274
Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P1100000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000002 .279
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000002 .271
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Ronny Paulino, PH1111000 .263
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals398138910  
a-flied out for Sanches in the 5th
b-grounded out for Ayala in the 7th
c-homered for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (17, Samardzija), John Baker 2 (17, Zambrano, Samardzija)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (6, Gregg)
HR - Ronny Paulino (5, Gregg)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (5), Brian Sanches (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (21), Nick Johnson (45), Emilio Bonifacio 2 (24), Jeremy Hermida 2 (40), Cody Ross (55), Ronny Paulino (17)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan (6), Nick Johnson (16), Emilio Bonifacio 2 (13), Jeremy Hermida (16), Ronny Paulino (12)
CS - Nick Johnson (3, 2nd base by Guzman/Hill)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
E - John Baker (4, Throwing), Jorge Cantu 2 (7, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Burke Badenhop 1.2565410 4.19
Brian Sanches 3.1200060 0.95
Kiko Calero 1200030 1.86
Luis Ayala 1000010 4.30
Renyel Pinto 2320230 2.79
Leo Nunez (L,3-4) 1111101 3.94
IBB - Soriano by Leo Nunez
HBP - Ramirez (by Leo Nunez)
Pitches-Strikes - Burke Badenhop 55-28, Brian Sanches 48-33, Kiko Calero 17-13, Luis Ayala 17-12, Renyel Pinto 44-23, Leo Nunez 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Burke Badenhop 4-0, Brian Sanches 1-3, Luis Ayala 1-2, Renyel Pinto 2-2, Leo Nunez 2-1
Batters Faced - Burke Badenhop 14, Brian Sanches 12, Kiko Calero 5, Luis Ayala 4, Renyel Pinto 12, Leo Nunez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 35811
Game Time - 4:11
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - John Hirschbeck