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Cubs take advantage of miscues, top Giants

Aug 23, 2007 - 6:47 AM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Two games, two incredible wins for the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses as they defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-2, in 10 innings on Wednesday.

In a game that had been deadlocked at 2-2 since the fourth inning, Chicago got to San Francisco reliever Patrick Misch (0-3) in the 10th thanks to a pair of defensive gaffes. This came on the heels of Tuesday's contest in which the Cubs scored all five of their runs in the ninth inning to record a 5-1 win.

Cliff Floyd opened the 10th with a leadoff double before giving way to Felix Pie, who took over as a pinch runner. Three pitches later, Misch's offering passed by catcher Bengie Molina, allowing Pie to move to third.

Mike Fontenot drew a walk to place runners on the corners, and Jason Kendall followed with a grounder up the middle that second baseman Rich Aurilia was unable to handle, allowing Fontenot to take third and Pie to score the go-ahead run.

"I tried to elevate it and didn't," said Kendall, who acquired from Oakland on July 16. "Fortunately for us, it took a good kick or whatever you want to call it. This is a good team. You just have to have fun. You can't teach that, you just have to do it. We have fun out there and it's good to be a part of."

With a runner on third and one out, pinch hitter Henry Blanco added an insurance run when he successfully executed a squeeze play, scoring Fontenot and putting the Cubs ahead, 4-2.

"Everything worked out pretty good. We got the run in," Blanco said. "I've done it before in my career. I guess they like me in those situations."

Carlos Marmol (3-1) tossed two solid frames in relief before turning it over to closer Ryan Dempster, who worked a perfect 10th for his 20th save in 22 chances.

"We only scored two runs, but again our pitching made it possible," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said. "(Rich) Hill pitched really well. Marmol (and) Dempster finished it up. We only gave up two runs and then we added two there in the 10th. It was a good win for us, hard-fought, believe me."

With Milwaukee's 3-2 loss to Arizona on Wednesday, the Cubs (65-60) moved one game ahead of the Brewers (65-62) in the National League Central Division. However, Piniella insisted he is not focused on the standings - at least right now.

"We've just got to win games," Piniella said. "(If) we win enough ballgames, things will take care of themselves, and that's what we're trying to do."

The extra-inning affair overshadowed what was a pitchers' duel between Giants starter Barry Zito and fellow lefthander Hill.

Zito yielded two runs and five hits in eight innings, continuing his strong month after a roller-coaster beginning to the season. The 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner carried a 7-10 record and 5.28 ERA through the end of July but has rebounded to go 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA since.

"I'm not in the business of talking about frustration or negative things," Zito said. "You just have to keep working and anticipate positive results."

"Z (Zito) threw great. He had good stuff tonight," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "(That's) two great pitching efforts we've had, and that's why it's hard not to come away with a win or two."

Hill allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings and struck out 10. The double-digit strikeout performance was his second of the season and fifth of his three-year major league career.

"The biggest thing was continuing that aggressive mind set and taking that out there for seven innings," Hill said. "It was fun facing Zito (and) it was fun facing Barry Bonds. Those are things you will remember."

Bonds notched his 600th career double in the third, plating Randy Winn for the Giants' second run. The seven-time National League MVP and all-time home run leader became just the 14th player in major league history to reach the plateau.

It was only the second win in nine extra-inning games this season for the Cubs and first since a 4-3 triumph in 10 innings on May 6 against Washington.








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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE BY HENRY BLANCO SCORED MIKE FONTENOT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENDALL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 2 TOP, 10TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.287, 0-FOR-4)

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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RICH AURILIA ALLOWED FELIX PIE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KENDALL ON FIRST, M FONTENOT ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 2 TOP, 10TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: J JONES (.268, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
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    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 2
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    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P FELIZ (.253, 16 HR, 59 RBI)

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