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CHICAGO -- Derrek Lee made up for his shaky performance from a night earlier with a home run and a great defensive stop at first base.
What was a bit startling was a sacrifice bunt from Alfonso Soriano -- his first ever in a Cubs uniform and first overall in four years.
"Everybody was surprised and everybody was laughing," Soriano said. "It was a good play. They gave me a green light to do whatever I want."
What Soriano and all of the Cubs, including winning pitcher Ryan Dempster, really want is to shake this season-long funk before it's too late. The win Wednesday night was only Chicago's seventh in the last 19 games.
"I can do whatever I can to make the team better and win and I'm more than happy to do it," Soriano said.
Dempster (5-5) gave up eight hits and two runs, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
A's starter Gio Gonzalez (6-5) surrendered eight hits and a season-high six runs in five innings.
Lee, in a 1-for-13 slump, led off the bottom of the second by lining his eighth homer of the season into the left-field bleachers, tying it at 1. Soriano walked one out later and moved to third on Geovany Soto's liner to center that was scored a double when Ryan Sweeney fell down fielding it. Starlin Castro followed with an RBI single to left and Soto was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a strong throw from Conor Jackson.
"That's the great thing about baseball. You have a chance to redeem yourself the next day," said the normally sure-handed Lee, who made two of Chicago's four errors in a sloppy loss Tuesday night.
"I had a terrible night last night. It was embarrassing. So you try to come back and help your team. ... Last night was not fun."
Castro hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 in the fourth. It followed singles by Lee and Xavier Nady and the sacrifice bunt by Soriano -- his first since he was with the Nationals in 2006 and only the ninth of his major league career -- and an intentional walk to Soto.
Nady had a two-out RBI single, a hard smash that went past third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and made it 4-1 in the fifth, and Soriano followed with a two-run double down the right-field line.
But it was his bunt that had his teammate talking.
"It just shows you right there he cares about us winning more than anything he does personally," Dempster said. "It really brought a spark to us."
The A's got a run in the first when Jackson, was acquired Tuesday from Arizona, and Daric Barton opened with back-to-back singles and Sweeney delivered a sacrifice fly. But with two runners still on, Dempster escaped the big inning by getting Kurt Suzuki to hit into a 1-4-3 double play.
"He mixed it up pretty well and kept the ball down in the zone," Oakland manager Bob Geren said of Dempster. "But we had a chance to get him early."
Dempster, who had a baserunner in each of the first five innings, was backed by three nice defensive plays from third baseman Jeff Baker.
"He got into some jams pretty much every innings," Jackson said. "He's not super overpowering. Kind of works the corners and really doesn't give you much to hit."
Barton had an RBI grounder in the seventh when Lee made a nice stop to keep the ball from getting through for a single.
|Ryan Dempster gets some good work on the mound, leading the Cubs to just their 7th win in 19 games. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Conor Jackson, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.245|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Ryan Sweeney, CF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.302|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.290|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.273|
|Jack Cust, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.299|
|Adam Rosales, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Tyson Ross, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cedrick Bowers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Patterson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.218|
|a-flied out for Bowers in the 9th|
|SF - Ryan Sweeney (3)|
|SH - Adam Rosales (2)|
|RBI - Daric Barton (24), Ryan Sweeney (29)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Jack Cust 1, Conor Jackson 1|
|DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton|
|Gio Gonzalez (L,6-5)||5||8||6||6||3||3||1||4.21|
|IBB - Soto by Gio Gonzalez, Castro by Cedrick Bowers|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 89-54, Tyson Ross 29-18, Cedrick Bowers 19-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 4-6, Tyson Ross 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 24, Tyson Ross 7, Cedrick Bowers 5|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.283|
|Jeff Baker, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.247|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.325|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||2||2||1||0||2||2||.230|
|Xavier Nady, RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||2||1||1||2||1||0||1||.278|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||1||0||1||2||1||.268|
|Starlin Castro, SS||1||0||1||2||2||0||0||.269|
|Ryan Dempster, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.179|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Carlos Zambrano, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.188|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Marshall in the 8th|
|2B - Tyler Colvin (9, Bowers), Alfonso Soriano (19, G. Gonzalez), Geovany Soto (6, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Derrek Lee (8, G. Gonzalez)|
|SF - Starlin Castro (2)|
|SH - Alfonso Soriano (1)|
|RBI - Derrek Lee (27), Xavier Nady (18), Alfonso Soriano 2 (34), Starlin Castro 2 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (10), Alfonso Soriano 2 (14)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Dempster-Theriot-Lee, Marshall-Castro-Lee|
|Ryan Dempster (W,5-5)||6.2||8||2||2||2||7||0||3.67|
|WP - Ryan Dempster 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 120-72, Sean Marshall 14-11, Carlos Marmol 8-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 8-4, Sean Marshall 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 29, Sean Marshall 4, Carlos Marmol 3|
|Attendance - 36244|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|