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Ramirez's bases-loaded walk gives Cubs win over Nationals

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CHICAGO -- With the wind whipping and the temperature cool, Aramis Ramirez felt far from comfortable on the field.

He found a way to warm up.

Ramirez walked with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night, their fourth straight win.

"That's how you win games," Ramirez said. "Early in the year, it's going to be tough to hit. It's going to be cold."

But he likes what he's seeing at the moment.

So does Marlon Byrd.

He feels the Cubs are turning things around. Actually, he feels like the turnaround is complete.

"We're a good team and we win games," he said. "That's what we're trying to do now -- win series."

Ryan Theriot, coming off a five-hit game against Milwaukee on Sunday, started the winning rally with a leadoff single to right against Brian Bruney (1-1). Derrek Lee walked with one out before Byrd blooped a single over second baseman Cristian Guzman for his third hit. That loaded the bases for Ramirez, who walked on four pitches and became the third player -- and second Cub -- to walk with the bases loaded in the game.

"I put this one on me," Bruney said. "Unfortunately, this is not a good feeling to have, with a locker room full of guys that are busting their [butts] and you go out there and walk a guy to win a game. Obviously, I'm not happy with myself."

Carlos Marmol (1-0) pitched around a two-out double by Adam Dunn in the top of the 10th and recorded his first win since June 14 against Minnesota.

Ace-turned-reliever Carlos Zambrano pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his second appearance out of the bullpen and first at Wrigley Field since his removal from the rotation last week. He came on to loud cheers with one out in the eighth after Dunn lined a single to right off Sean Marshall. Josh Willingham singled past a diving Ramirez at third to put runners on first and second before Adam Kennedy popped out and Wil Nieves struck out with the crowd on its feet.

Zambrano took off his cap and pointed toward the sky as he often does on his way to the dugout.

"It was pretty exciting," said Zambrano, who believes the move is a temporary one. "I was a little pumped up. I had to calm myself down and I did it."

Lee and Ramirez both flied out to the warning track in the bottom half off Tyler Walker, as did pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman against Zambrano in the ninth, but on a windy night, the balls weren't going over the wall.

Bruney came on in the bottom half for Washington and walked Alfonso Soriano on four pitches leading off before Koyie Hill forced him with a bunt in front of the mound. But Chicago broke through in the 10th for a dramatic finish to what started out looking like an easy night.

Coming off a weekend sweep at Milwaukee, the Cubs appeared to be in good shape early on.

They took a 2-0 lead in the second off John Lannan on consecutive doubles by Byrd and Ramirez and a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Silva and got another run in the third on Jeff Baker's triple and Byrd's infield single.

The way Silva was pitching, that looked like it might be enough. He retired the first nine batters, before the Nationals scored two in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Willingham and Kennedy's sacrifice fly. Washington tied it on in the sixth on Nieves' run-scoring single.

Silva allowed three runs and seven hits -- both season highs -- in seven innings for the Cubs.

Lannan allowed three runs and five hits in six innings with a season-high five walks, one coming the bases loaded against Silva in the second after walking the previous two batters.

"Last couple of starts, I've had to labor a lot," he said. "I'm getting sick of it. I wish I can go out there and throw strong start to finish, not having these crappy innings in the middle. It really cost us. Walking the pitcher with the bases loaded, that's not me."

Notes

  • Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup because of lower back tightness.
  • Zimmerman was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game with right hamstring soreness.
  • Theriot had a bit of an adventure at shortstop in the trying to catch Willingham's pop fly into the wind in the second, sprinting for a basket catch near second after he initially ran into left field. "I've never seen a pop-up do that," he said.
 
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Nationals' reliever Brian Bruney doesn't share in the fun the Cubs are having after their walk-off win.  (AP)
Nationals' reliever Brian Bruney doesn't share in the fun the Cubs are having after their walk-off win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Byrd
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF5120010 .293
Ian Desmond, SS5120010 .241
Cristian Guzman, 2B5000004 .288
Adam Dunn, 1B5030010 .239
Josh Willingham, LF4121101 .317
Adam Kennedy, 3B3001003 .212
Wil Nieves, C4011014 .214
Willy Taveras, RF3000001 .154
   a- Willie Harris, PH-RF1000000 .167
John Lannan, P2000000 .000
   b- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000000 .296
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Zimmerman, PH1000000 .326
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
Totals39310314  
a-flied out for Taveras in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lannan in the 7th
c-flied out for T. Walker in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (5, Marmol)
SF - Adam Kennedy (2)
RBI - Josh Willingham (12), Adam Kennedy (9), Wil Nieves (3)
2-OUT RBI - Wil Nieves (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Taveras-Nieves, Desmond-Guzman-Dunn, Desmond-Guzman-Dunn
Washington Nationals
John Lannan 6533510 5.53
Sean Burnett 0.2000010 4.15
Tyler Walker 1.1100010 5.56
Brian Bruney (L,1-1) 1.1211320 5.59
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 89-50, Sean Burnett 9-6, Tyler Walker 15-10, Brian Bruney 25-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 11-3, Sean Burnett 1-0, Brian Bruney 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Sean Burnett 2, Tyler Walker 5, Brian Bruney 9
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5120003 .333
Jeff Baker, 2B5110012 .214
Derrek Lee, 1B4000101 .214
Marlon Byrd, CF5131010 .355
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4112101 .145
Alfonso Soriano, LF1000301 .295
Geovany Soto, C2000102 .349
   a- Koyie Hill, PH-C1000001 .333
Tyler Colvin, RF3010121 .333
Carlos Silva, P1001111 .143
   b- Xavier Nady, PH1000000 .207
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, P0000000 .000
   c- Kosuke Fukudome, PH1000001 .327
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals3348485  
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Soto in the 9th
b-grounded out for Silva in the 7th
c-lined out for Zambrano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (8, Lannan), Aramis Ramirez (3, Lannan)
3B - Jeff Baker (1, Lannan), Tyler Colvin (1, Lannan)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (15), Aramis Ramirez 2 (11), Carlos Silva (2)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva 7733130 1.73
Sean Marshall 0.1100000 3.60
Carlos Zambrano 1.2100010 6.85
Carlos Marmol (W,1-0) 1100000 0.84
WP - Carlos Silva (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 90-62, Sean Marshall 6-5, Carlos Zambrano 27-18, Carlos Marmol 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-8, Sean Marshall 1-0, Carlos Zambrano 1-3, Carlos Marmol 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 29, Sean Marshall 2, Carlos Zambrano 6, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37850
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Knight