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Cubs survive blown save, snap Giants' streak at 7

Jun 30, 2011 - 4:26 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez singled in Tony Campana with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over the Giants, snapping San Francisco's season-high seven- game winning streak.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster retired 20 straight batters until the ninth inning, but was lifted after surrendering a leadoff double to left-center off the bat of Pat Burrell. Carlos Marmol couldn't close the door on the win, as Emmanuel Burriss bounced a one-out, RBI single into center field. Campana's throw home was off line and Burriss raced to second.

After an intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval, Campana missed a diving attempt at a catch of an Aubrey Huff hit to right-center.

Marmol (2-2), though, got Cody Ross to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the bottom of the ninth with Sergio Romo (3-1) on the mound, Campana legged out an infield hit, as the ball went past a drawn-in Sandoval at third and shortstop Miguel Tejada's throw to first was late. Reed Johnson put down a sacrifice bunt, and Campana went to third on Geovany Soto's groundout. Ramirez, hitting for Marmol, took a pair of strikes before belting a sinking line drive in front of left fielder Aaron Rowand to win the game.

Dempster, who threw 83 pitches, outdueled two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in what turned out to be a great mound matchup. Dempster allowed three hits and fanned six without walking a batter. Lincecum had nine strikeouts over his seven innings.

"Just a really well-played game," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "While it's going on, I probably don't enjoy a 2-1 win as much as a 4-0 win, but it sure is exhilarating."

Nate Schierholtz doubled with one out in the second, but Dempster was awesome from that point on.

"Dempster threw a heck of a game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We found a way to get a run, but came up short. We tried in the ninth to steal one."

The Cubs broke through in the seventh when Carlos Pena led off with a double to right and Blake DeWitt followed with an RBI single to right.

Game Notes

This was Dempster's 100th victory in a starting role...The Cubs activated infielder Darwin Barney from the 15-day disabled list and granted pitcher Doug Davis his unconditional release Wednesday. Barney, who had been out with a left knee sprain he suffered June 13 against Milwaukee, went 1-for-4.