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Lee's grand slam in ninth lifts Pirates over Cubs

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CHICAGO -- The last time Derrek Lee faced Carlos Marmol, the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman wound up with an injury that kept him out for more than three weeks.

Marmol probably wishes Lee would have missed one more day.

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Lee came off the disabled list and hit a go-ahead grand slam off Marmol with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Saturday.

"Isn't it amazing? Sometimes in sports, you can't write the script," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The game plays out and gives you stories you never would have written up. He hit it off the guy that threw the pitch that broke his hand. It's dripping with irony."

Lee's shot to left through the rain at Wrigley Field handed Marmol, an ex-teammate, his NL-high ninth blown save. Marmol (2-5) gave up a single and three walks in the inning.

"You go out there and compete," he said. "I tried to do my best and it didn't work out."

Batting cleanup, Lee had three hits and five RBI in the game, a performance that caught the 14-year veteran by surprise. He had been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a broken bone in his left wrist after getting hit by a pitch from Marmol on Aug. 3.

"The last two days outside, my swing felt terrible. So I was just hoping to make contact today," Lee said. "Turned out to be a good day."

Lee was acquired from Baltimore on July 30 and is 8 for 23 (.348) with three homers, a triple and eight RBI in six games with Pittsburgh. All those homers and RBI have come at the expense of the Cubs, the team he played for from 2004 until the trade deadline last season, when he was dealt to Atlanta.

Lee thought he hit the home run ball even better than he did.

"Yeah, I actually thought it was going to go a little further," he said. "It barely made it over."

The game was delayed for 91 minutes in the seventh because of rain, which Marmol suggested might have contributed to his struggles.

"It was a little tough for me," he said. "I don't make excuses, but the mound was a little slippery."

As the teams waited out the rain, Lee was just hoping the Pirates would get another opportunity.

"Sitting there for an hour down by two, don't even know if we're going to get a chance to go back out there," Lee said. "So to load the bases off Marmol, who we all know is hard to hit off of, it's just a good team effort."

Chris Resop (5-4) threw two scoreless innings in relief and Joel Hanrahan got three outs for his 34th save.

Alex Presley had three hits and scored a run for Pittsburgh.

While the Pirates were glad to have Lee back in the lineup, it's hard not to wonder if their once-promising season might not have gone sideways had their new cleanup hitter been healthy.

"What we wanted when we acquired him and what we were looking for in the middle of the lineup played out very well today, and it has been whenever he's been in the lineup," Hurdle said. "For that situation to come his way at the end and for him to put that swing on it, it just speaks to the slow heartbeat he has at the plate."

For his part, Lee doesn't blame Marmol for the injury, even though the Pirates went 8-15 in his absence.

"I'm mad at myself. I put my hand in the way," Lee said. "It would have just hit me in my hip and it would have been not a big deal. I put my hand there for some reason and it cost me a month."

Alfonso Soriano matched his season high with four RBI for the Cubs, including a two-run double in the seventh. Aramis Ramirez reached base four times and scored three runs, while Carlos Pena reached in all five plate appearances.

Cubs starter Casey Coleman threw six strong innings, allowing six hits and two runs -- one earned -- while striking out six. He entered 0-4 with an 11.44 ERA in six outings at Wrigley Field this season.

Ross Ohlendorf allowed seven hits and three runs in four innings for the Pirates.

"They're a very young team," Lee said. "They're kind of finding their way but they play hard, they play the game the right way. They're learning every day and they're going to continue to get better."

The Cubs stranded runners in each of the first five innings and went 2 for 15 with men in scoring position. They've hit just .176 in those situations since the beginning of August, but Soriano provided some clutch hitting with a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI single in the fifth.

The Pirates tied it against Kerry Wood in the seventh when former Cub Ronny Cedeno tripled and scored on pinch-hitter Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • September has been kind to Presley, who had a double and two singles. In three games since the calendar turned, the swift left fielder has gone 8 for 13 with four extra-base hits, two RBI and four runs scored.
  • Andrew McCutchen was in Pittsburgh's starting lineup. He left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand in his first at-bat. He has reached base in his last 30 games against the Cubs.
  • Resurgent RHP Randy Wells will start for the Cubs in Sunday's series finale. Wells has won his last four starts and is coming off a two-hit shutout of San Francisco. RHP Charlie Morton goes for the Pirates.
 
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With rain falling at Wrigley, Derrek Lee hits a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth to win it for the Pirates. (Getty Images)
With rain falling at Wrigley, Derrek Lee hits a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth to win it for the Pirates. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

D. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, RF4110120 .269
Alex Presley, LF5130023 .322
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110212 .271
Derrek Lee, 1B5135003 .252
Neil Walker, 2B4100103 .271
Ryan Doumit, C4011121 .276
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Josh Harrison, 3B4000002 .273
Ronny Cedeno, SS2110110 .261
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1110000 .257
    Chase D'Arnaud, SS0000000 .214
Ross Ohlendorf, P2000012 .143
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
   b- Garrett Jones, PH0001000 .245
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Jaramillo, PH1000011 .313
    Michael McKenry, C0000000 .234
Totals357117610  
a-singled for Cedeno in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Leroux in the 7th
c-struck out for Resop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Presley (6, Coleman), Ryan Doumit (6, Coleman)
3B - Ronny Cedeno (3, Wood)
HR - Derrek Lee (15, Marmol)
SF - Garrett Jones (4)
RBI - Derrek Lee 5 (49), Ryan Doumit (24), Garrett Jones (56)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 4 (21)
SB - Alex Presley (6, 2nd base off Coleman/Soto)
Team LOB - 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Ohlendorf 4733220 6.35
Chris Leroux 2000010 2.25
Daniel McCutchen0222100 3.04
Chris Resop (W,5-4) 2100130 4.71
Joel Hanrahan (S,34) 1000000 1.63
IBB - Pena by Chris Resop
HBP - Ramirez (by Ross Ohlendorf), Pena (by Ross Ohlendorf), Byrd (by Daniel McCutchen)
WP - Daniel McCutchen (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 82-47, Chris Leroux 22-16, Daniel McCutchen 20-10, Chris Resop 35-20, Joel Hanrahan 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 5-5, Chris Leroux 3-2, Chris Resop 1-2
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 23, Chris Leroux 6, Daniel McCutchen 4, Chris Resop 8, Joel Hanrahan 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5020012 .304
Darwin Barney, 2B5110002 .279
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3320111 .307
Carlos Pena, 1B1110300 .228
Alfonso Soriano, LF3024003 .243
    Reed Johnson, LF1000002 .329
Marlon Byrd, CF4001004 .290
Tyler Colvin, RF5000034 .145
Geovany Soto, C5010004 .230
Casey Coleman, P1010000 .158
   a- Tony Campana, PH1000000 .265
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake DeWitt, PH1000012 .261
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals35510546  
a-grounded out for Coleman in the 6th
b-struck out for Wood in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (20, Ohlendorf), Alfonso Soriano (22, D. McCutchen)
SF - Alfonso Soriano (2)
SH - Casey Coleman (3)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 4 (72), Marlon Byrd (26)
SB - Starlin Castro (19, 2nd base off Resop/Doumit)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Soriano-Barney, Castro-Barney-Pena
PB - Geovany Soto 2 (5)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Coleman 6621360 6.61
Kerry Wood (BS,5) 1311010 3.43
Sean Marshall (H,30) 1000010 2.49
Carlos Marmol (BS,9; L,2-5) 1244321 4.26
IBB - Cedeno by Casey Coleman
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Coleman 88-53, Kerry Wood 22-14, Sean Marshall 13-10, Carlos Marmol 39-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Coleman 6-4, Sean Marshall 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Coleman 25, Kerry Wood 6, Sean Marshall 3, Carlos Marmol 8
Game Information
Attendance - 36628
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn