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Ramirez, Lee power Cubs past Cardinals

Sep 11, 2007 - 12:44 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee know the importance of each contest in a September pennant race. They proved it Monday afternoon.

Ramirez homered twice and Lee added another blast as the Chicago Cubs powered past the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-3, in a makeup game of a rained-out contest from August 19 between two contenders in the crowded National League Central.

Ted Lilly hurled seven strong innings for the Cubs (73-70), who are one-half game behind the Milwaukee Brewers (73-69) for first place in the division. The Cardinals (69-71) are 3 1/2 games behind. The Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates later Monday night.

"Our offense was pretty upset by the way we played over the weekend," Lilly said. "I knew that the team would be fired up after losing (Sunday's) game. They definitely took it out on the St. Louis pitching."

Chicago used a five-run fourth inning to snap a 1-1 tie with Lee and Ramirez both homering in the frame. It was a much-needed performance for the Cubs, who lost two of three to the Pirates this weekend after dropping three of four to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We needed this win bad," Lee said. "After losing three of four to L.A. and two of three to Pittsburgh, we needed to get this win before we went out and completed this road trip."

But in this one, Chicago's two big sluggers went 7-for-10 with three RBI. Ramirez, however, made sure to praise the rest of his teammates.

"This is a team. This isn't me, Derrek, or (Alfonso) Soriano," Ramirez said. "We need to pitch, we need to hit and do it as a team. That's the only way to win."

Lee led off the fourth with a towering blast to left-center field and, after Cliff Floyd popped up to second base, Ramirez belted his 21st blast of the season to center off Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro (4-3) to make it 3-1.

After Mark DeRosa singled, Jacque Jones, Jason Kendall and Lilly strung together three consecutive run-scoring doubles to cap the scoring in the frame and give the Cubs a five-run cushion.

"That was a thing of beauty," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We hit the ball for power, we hit the ball in the gaps, and we hit with men in scoring position. That's what we needed - a game like this one."

Jones added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 7-1.

One inning later, So Taguchi blasted a two-run shot to cut the Cardinals' deficit to four.

Lilly (15-7) allowed three runs and five hits while striking out seven without walking a batter. Bobby Howry pitched the eighth and Michael Wuertz hurled the ninth to finish out the game.

Pineiro yielded six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three without walking a batter.

"In the fourth inning, I was leaving all my pitches up," Pineiro said. "They just hit everything I threw, and they hurt me."

Jim Edmonds also homered for the Cardinals, who managed just five hits.

"This was a game that got out of control early," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Then it got ugly."






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 5 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 0 0 5 1 0 1 4 x 12 17 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - JOEL PINEIRO, ANDY CAVAZOS (4TH), BRIAN FALKENBORG (5TH),
    KELVIN JIMENEZ (6TH), MIKE MAROTH (8TH) AND YADIER MOLINA
    CHN - TED LILLY, BOBBY HOWRY (8TH), MIKE W

    Sep 10 6:24 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CRAIG MONROE SCORED JACQUE JONES AND JASON
    KENDALL.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C MONROE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 12 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.295, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 6:10 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY MIKE MAROTH ALLOWED MIKE FONTENOT TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENDALL ON FIRST, J JONES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C MONROE (.185, 0-FOR-0)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 6:08 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ (22) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF MIKE MAROTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3, CHICAGO CUBS 9
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M FONTENOT (.286, 3 HR, 28 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 5:59 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY YADIER MOLINA ALLOWED ARAMIS RAMIREZ TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KENDALL ON FIRST, J JONES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D WARD (.337, 0-FOR-0)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 5:44 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SO TAGUCHI (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF TED LILLY SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3, CHICAGO CUBS 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.321, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 5:09 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACQUE JONES SCORED CLIFF FLOYD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J JONES ON FIRST, M DEROSA ON SECOND, A
    RAMIREZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: J KENDALL (.290, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:57 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TED LILLY SCORED JASON KENDALL.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, T LILLY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.294, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:28 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON KENDALL SCORED JACQUE JONES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J KENDALL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: T LILLY (.136, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:27 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACQUE JONES SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J JONES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: J KENDALL (.285, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:24 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ (21) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF JOEL PINEIRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1, CHICAGO CUBS 3
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.287, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:20 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DERREK LEE (18) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF JOEL PINEIRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1, CHICAGO CUBS 2
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C FLOYD (.284, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 4:17 PM
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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM EDMONDS (11) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF TED LILLY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1, CHICAGO CUBS 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A MILES (.307, 2 HR, 29 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 3:44 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLIFF FLOYD SCORED DERREK LEE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FLOYD ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.315, 20 HR, 84 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. CubsSep 10 3:37 PM
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