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Drew blasts go-ahead homer as Diamondbacks top Cubs

Jul 21, 2007 - 10:00 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Stephen Drew snapped an eighth-inning tie with a solo home run and the bullpen tossed five scoreless innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks held on for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Hudson had three hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Drew blasted a towering one-out homer - his sixth of the season - into the right field seats off Cubs reliever Bobby Howry (5-5) to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth. The Diamondbacks' bullpen made it stand up.

"He (Howry) didn't want to walk me in that situation," Drew said. "I tried to find a pitch I could handle and I did."

Starter Micah Owings struggled with his control, allowing two runs and four hits, while striking out three and walking three. The righthander, who has lost each of his last four starts, continued his troubles.

"I need to try and continue to hit my spots," Owings said. "I have to try and come inside more."

Juan Cruz (4-1), former Cub, then hurled three scoreless innings, bridging the gap to Tony Pena in the eighth and All-Star Jose Valverde, who recorded his 29th save, retiring Cliff Floyd with the tying run on base in the ninth.

"I was feeling good in the on-deck circle," Floyd said. "As a hitter, all you want is a chance to tie or win the game, it just didn't happen today."

Mark DeRosa worked a one-out walk, but Angel Pagan grounded into a fielder's choice and Floyd popped out to the catcher to end the threat in a tense ninth.

"It was nice to win a one run game," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We have been getting beat by home runs, and it's nice to win one that way."

Arizona started the scoring in the first. Chris Young reached on a two-base error by Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and then stole third and scored on Hudson's ground ball to shortstop.

Chicago took the lead in the fourth thanks to Jacque Jones, who led off the frame with a double. DeRosa then walked and Pagan scored both runners with a booming triple to right field to make it 2-1.

"We really didn't swing the bats today," DeRosa said. "When that happens, you have a small margin for error."

Eric Byrnes tied the game in the top of the fifth with a fielder's choice grounder.

Rich Hill yielded two runs - one earned - and six hits in six frames, while striking out six and walking four for the Cubs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

"They fouled off a lot of pitches and ran up my pitch count," Hill said. "I guess we are all surprised when we lose a game, because we have been playing so well."

It was a rare loss for Chicago (51-45), which now is 29-14 since June 3 to get back in the race in the National League Central Division.

"Give those other guys credit," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "They pitched the ball well, and they got the big hit. We just move on from here."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ARIZONA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 10 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ARI - MICAH OWINGS, JUAN CRUZ (5TH), TONY PENA (8TH), JOSE VALVERDE
    (9TH) AND CHRIS SNYDER
    CHN - RICH HILL, MIKE WUERTZ (7TH), BOBBY HOWRY (8TH),
    RYAN DEMPSTER (9T

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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY STEPHEN DREW (6) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF BOBBY HOWRY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 3, CHICAGO CUBS 2
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C SNYDER (.222, 1-FOR-3)

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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BYRNES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C JACKSON (.257, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Diamondbacks vs. CubsJul 21 2:47 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ANGEL PAGAN SCORED JACQUE JONES AND MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PAGAN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K HILL (.176, 0-FOR-1)

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    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ARI - MICAH OWINGS
    CHN - RICH HILL

    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.302, 16 HR, 37 RBI)
    R THERIOT (.277, 2 HR, 26 RBI)
    M FONTENOT (.339, 3 HR, 18 RB

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