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Dempster pitches Cubs to victory over Athletics

Jun 17, 2010 - 3:44 AM By RICK GANO AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO(AP) -- Derrek Lee made up for his shaky performance from a night earlier with a home run and a great defensive stop at first base.

That Lee would rebound so quickly was not a surprise for the Chicago Cubs in a 6-2 victory over Oakland on Wednesday night.

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.

NOTES: Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said before the game it's too early to plan whether the team will be subtracting or adding as the trade deadline approaches at the end of next month. "We're not 17 back, we're 7 1/2. I like to think these guys know the spot we're in," Hendry said. "You can't defend how we've played. We just have to fight our way out of it." After the win, the Cubs were within 6 1/2 games of the lead. ... A's OF Coco Crisp had his first rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and went 2 for 3. Crisp, on the DL with a strained chest muscle, is on a 10-day program and will not be activated on the current roadtrip, Geren said. ... Kouzmanoff had his 15-game hitting streak end, going 0 for 3.






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    Athletics 2, Cubs 6  FinalJun 17 7:34 AM


  • Cubs 6, Athletics 2 - FINAL
    OAKLAND ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    C Jackson lf 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .500
    D Barton 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .288
    R Sweeney cf 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .302
    K Kouzmanoff 3b 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .290
    K Suzuki c 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .273
    J Cust rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .299
    A Rosale

    Jun 16 10:39 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DARIC BARTON SCORED CLIFF PENNINGTON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JACKSON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R SWEENEY (.303, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Athletics 2, Cubs 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 16 10:07 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALFONSO SORIANO SCORED XAVIER NADY AND MARLON
    BYRD
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A SORIANO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.271, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 16 9:40 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY XAVIER NADY SCORED JEFF BAKER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, X NADY ON FIRST, M BYRD ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.276, 0-FOR-0, BB, SAC)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 16 9:38 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY STARLIN CASTRO SCORED DERREK LEE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SOTO ON FIRST, X NADY ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R DEMPSTER (.192, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 16 9:16 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY STARLIN CASTRO SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S CASTRO ON FIRST, G SOTO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R DEMPSTER (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 16 8:40 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DERREK LEE (8) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF GIO GONZALEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, CHICAGO CUBS 1
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: X NADY (.250, 4 HR, 17 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 16 8:34 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 2 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - GIO GONZALEZ
    CHN - RYAN DEMPSTER

    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.287, 0 HR, 16 RBI)
    J BAKER (.244, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
    M BYRD (.329, 9 HR, 34 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 16 8:16 PM