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Giants top Cubs in 11; Zambrano walks seven in return to rotation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants couldn't take advantage of Carlos Zambrano's lack of command. So, they wanted until much later in the game and capitalized against the Cubs' bullpen.

Zambrano matched his career high with seven walks in his first start since a June 25 dugout blowup and ensuing banishment, and short-handed Chicago lost to the Giants 4-3 in 11 innings Monday night long after he left the game.

Pat Burrell hit a game-ending sacrifice fly off Marcos Mateo (0-1), who made his major-league debut after being called up earlier in the day.

"I've been confident in Pat ever since he got here," said Aubrey Huff, who had a key single in the rally. "He has that playoff mentality. He's won a World Series."

Edgar Renteria led off the 11th with a single, and Huff's single moved him to third. Mateo then intentionally walked standout rookie Buster Posey to bring up Burrell.

Chris Ray (5-0) recorded the final out of the 11th for the victory.

Burrell had his first game-ending RBI of the season and the 10th of his career. It was his first ever via sacrifice fly.

San Francisco's Travis Ishikawa was thrown out at the plate in the 10th trying to score from first on Andres Torres' double to the deep corner in right.

The Cubs lost their fourth straight and season-high sixth in a row on the road. They last dropped six straight away from Wrigley Field from June 10-25, 2009.

Zambrano returned to the rotation for the first time in six weeks since exploding in the dugout and getting into it with teammate Derrek Lee. Zambrano made three relief appearances since coming off the restricted list late last month after undergoing anger-management therapy during his month away.

"Today was one of those days when I had too much movement and velocity. It was hard to control," Zambrano said. "I'd throw it down the middle and it would drop down. I'd throw to the corner and it would go wide. The good thing was I was able to throw five innings. I felt good. I've been working hard for this moment."

Alfonso Soriano hit a first-inning RBI double, and Marlon Byrd singled in a run that inning as the Cubs gave Zambrano an early boost.

Posey hit an RBI double in the fifth for the Giants, who also pushed across another run on a wild pitch by Zambrano.

"We did what we wanted and created some opportunities," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You hope eventually you'll cash in, and we did."

Zambrano was in position to win after Tyler Colvin gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead on a sixth-inning single, but the Giants tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Torres.

Zambrano was suspended June 26, a day after he got into a verbal altercation with Lee. The two exchanged words in the dugout after Zambrano was pulled from his start after allowing four runs in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox.

He was on a pitch count of 75-80 and already had 69 pitches through four innings. Zambrano wound up at 95 pitches, only 49 strikes.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella missed the game to be in Tampa, Fla., with his ailing mother. There is no timetable for when Piniella might rejoin the club.

In addition, Lee left the team to travel to his native Sacramento to be with his ill grandfather. The Cubs placed him on the bereavement list after the game, meaning the soonest he can play again is Friday.

Scouts were out in force at AT&T Park to see Zambrano's return and evaluate whether he could help a contender if the Cubs decide to let him go. He only hit 90 mph on the radar gun a couple of times, regularly throwing 86-88.

Zambrano yelled at himself when he escaped a second-inning jam in which he walked three before striking out leadoff man Torres to get out of it unscathed.

Colvin's two-out single chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.

He had lost his previous two starts following a four-start winning streak, but Bumgarner didn't get a single run of support in 10 innings over those past two outings.

Chicago catcher Geovany Soto was a late lineup scratch by the Cubs because of a sprained right shoulder ligament, and he was placed on the 15-day DL after the game after missing his third consecutive game. Soto tested his shoulder, which bothers him only at the plate, during early batting practice and was fine but during later warmups experienced some discomfort.

Koyie Hill replaced Soto.

Notes

  • San Francisco earned its 28th comeback victory, matching the club's 2009 total.
  • Giants INF/OF Eugenio Velez began full baseball activities for the first time since being struck on the head July 25 by a foul ball in the dugout against Arizona, and is scheduled to begin playing in rehab games later this week.
  • Giants LHP reliever Jeremy Affeldt, on the DL since July 24 with a strained left oblique muscle, will throw the third bullpen of his rehab on Tuesday. Affeldt will mix in curveballs this time. "I will know tomorrow where I'm at," he said.
  • The Giants celebrated "Jerry Garcia Tribute Night" with a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band before the game. Members of the actual band sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Former Dead drummer Mickey Hart led fans in Take Me Out to the Ballgame played on kazoos during the seventh-inning stretch, trying for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
 
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Travis Ishikawa tries to end the game in the 10th inning, but Koyie Hill tags him for the third out.  (US Presswire)
Travis Ishikawa tries to end the game in the 10th inning, but Koyie Hill tags him for the third out. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Burrell
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, RF5011011 .252
Starlin Castro, SS6120013 .308
Xavier Nady, 1B6020023 .229
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4100112 .222
Marlon Byrd, CF5021001 .311
Alfonso Soriano, LF4011111 .259
Blake DeWitt, 2B4110015 .276
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH0000100 .253
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
Koyie Hill, C5010003 .193
Carlos Zambrano, P3010021 .231
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Mike Fontenot, 2B2000020 .280
Totals443113311  
a-walked for Marshall in the 10th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (21, Bumgarner), Alfonso Soriano (28, Bumgarner)
RBI - Tyler Colvin (40), Marlon Byrd (49), Alfonso Soriano (58)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Colvin (13), Marlon Byrd (23), Alfonso Soriano (25)
SB - Blake DeWitt (3, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tyler Colvin 1
DP - Castro-DeWitt-Nady, DeWitt-Nady
E - Alfonso Soriano (5, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano 5422730 5.46
Justin Berg (H,4) 0.2111000 4.82
James Russell (BS,2) 0.2100010 4.25
Andrew Cashner 0.2000200 5.52
Sean Marshall 2100120 2.50
Marcos Mateo (L,0-1) 1.1411120 6.75
IBB - Posey by Marcos Mateo
WP - Carlos Zambrano (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 95-49, Justin Berg 11-8, James Russell 8-6, Andrew Cashner 16-8, Sean Marshall 26-15, Marcos Mateo 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 5-5, Justin Berg 1-1, Sean Marshall 2-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 24, Justin Berg 3, James Russell 3, Andrew Cashner 4, Sean Marshall 8, Marcos Mateo 8
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5121126 .291
Edgar Renteria, SS6220003 .275
Aubrey Huff, RF4010212 .303
Buster Posey, C5011112 .339
Pat Burrell, LF3021211 .258
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3010002 .264
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000001 .240
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Rowand, PH1000001 .247
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
Juan Uribe, 2B-3B3000211 .253
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3120112 .303
Madison Bumgarner, P1000102 .136
    Emmanuel Burriss, 2B1000000 .000
   c- Freddy Sanchez, PH-2B1000111 .257
Totals374113118  
a-lined out for Mota in the 7th
b-popped out for Wilson in the 9th
c-walked for Burriss in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (36, Mateo), Buster Posey (12, Zambrano), Pat Burrell 2 (15, Zambrano, Marshall)
SF - Pat Burrell (5)
SH - Travis Ishikawa (1)
RBI - Andres Torres (46), Buster Posey (38), Pat Burrell (33)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (20)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Uribe-Ishikawa
E - Buster Posey (3, Interference), Pablo Sandoval (7, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner 5.2933230 3.36
Guillermo Mota 1.1000020 3.16
Sergio Romo 1000010 2.18
Brian Wilson 1000030 2.19
Ramon Ramirez 1100100 4.14
Javier Lopez 0.2100020 2.51
Chris Ray (W,5-0) 0.1000000 3.22
IBB - Soriano by Madison Bumgarner
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 100-67, Guillermo Mota 12-9, Sergio Romo 12-7, Brian Wilson 18-12, Ramon Ramirez 23-13, Javier Lopez 10-7, Chris Ray 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 9-5, Guillermo Mota 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Chris Ray 1-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 28, Guillermo Mota 4, Sergio Romo 3, Brian Wilson 4, Ramon Ramirez 5, Javier Lopez 3, Chris Ray 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41943
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tony Randazzo