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Zambrano, big inning fuel Cubs past Padres

May 13, 2008 - 4:24 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Carlos Zambrano is willing to help the Chicago Cubs any way he can. Luckily for them, he is multi-talented.

Zambrano tossed seven strong innings and sparked a six-run fifth with a double as the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 12-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Alfonso Soriano homered and Geovany Soto drove in a pair of runs as the first eight batters reached safely in the decisive fifth frame.

A switch-hitter, Zambrano also added a single from the left side in a five-run sixth.

"It's good to have one hit righthanded and one lefthanded," Zambrano said. "Anything I can do for my team - running, pinch-hitting, pitch (or) play outfield."

The two big innings were more than enough support for Zambrano (6-1), who was scratched from his start on Sunday due to a rain delay. The Cubs' ace allowed three runs and six hits with five strikeouts and two walks to post his fifth straight winning decision.

The native of Venezuela was forced to put on long sleeves in between innings due to the 40-degree weather.

"In Venezuela, it's never this cold," he said. "Not even close. As a starting pitcher, you have to make adjustments in this weather. What you try to do is hit your spots and put the cold out of your mind. I was able to do that tonight."

One of Zambrano's only mistakes came in the top of the fifth when he allowed a solo home run to Jody Gerut which gave the Padres a 2-1 lead.

However, the big righthander made up for his mistake quickly - with his bat. One of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, Zambrano led off the decisive fifth with a double off the center field wall.

Soriano followed by blasting a 1-2 offering from Padres starter Randy Wolf (2-3) to left-center field for his fourth home run of the season.

"I feel very comfortable at home plate," Soriano said. "I'm swinging at strikes and being more patient at home plate. That's what I want to do to help the team win. I'm being more aggressive, but at the same time being selective at home plate. When I swing at strikes, I know I hit the ball very hard."

"He's starting to swing the bat," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "He hit that two-run homer to put us ahead after they scored. That's good to see."

Aramis Ramirez had an RBI single and Soto's single to center plated Derrek Lee and Ramirez for a 6-2 lead. Mark DeRosa capped the outburst with a RBI single to left off Sean Henn for a six-run bulge.

"We've been swinging the bats very well at home, putting runs on the board," Piniella said. "When you do that, it makes it much easier on your pitching. We put together two big innings. When we (hit) like tonight, our offense really looks potent and good. We were patient and took a few walks."

Wolf was charged with seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

"Randy pitched all right early," Padres manager Bud Black said. "In the fifth inning, he started to get his fastball up. The ball was up to Zambrano and the ball was up to Soriano when he hit his home run. That started it for them."

Things got out of hand in the sixth as a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff allowed three runs to score for a 11-2 lead. Reed Johnson capped the frame with an RBI single.

Edgar Gonzalez, the brother of Padres first baseman Adrian, had an RBI single in his first career at-bat in the seventh for San Diego.

Chicago broke out on top in the first as Ryan Theriot hit a one-out single and scored on a double to right field by Lee. The Padres tied the game at 1-1 in the third on an RBI single by Tadahito Iguchi.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 9 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 x 12 13 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - RANDY WOLF, SEAN HENN (5TH), JUSTIN GERMANO (6TH) AND JOSH
    BARD
    CHN - CARLOS ZAMBRANO, SCOTT EYRE (8TH), BOBBY HOWRY
    (8TH) AND GEOVANY SOTO, HENRY BLANCO (8T

    May 12 10:47 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDGAR GONZALEZ SCORED SCOTT HAIRSTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J GERUT (.158, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Padres 3, Cubs 12  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 12 10:10 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REED JOHNSON SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 12 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C ZAMBRANO (.269, 1-FOR-3)

    Padres 2, Cubs 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:58 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED RYAN THERIOT, ARAMIS RAMIREZ
    AND KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 11 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R JOHNSON (.248, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 2, Cubs 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:57 PM
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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO KOSUKE FUKUDOME SCORED ALFONSO
    SORIANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K FUKUDOME ON FIRST, A RAMIREZ ON SECOND, R
    THERIOT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.317, 1-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Padres 2, Cubs 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:49 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, G SOTO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R JOHNSON (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres 2, Cubs 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:32 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GEOVANY SOTO SCORED DERREK LEE AND ARAMIS
    RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, G SOTO ON FIRST, K FUKUDOME ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.269, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Padres 2, Cubs 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:27 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ SCORED RYAN THERIOT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, D LEE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.324, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Padres 2, Cubs 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:24 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALFONSO SORIANO (4) TO CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF RANDY WOLF SCORED CARLOS ZAMBRANO.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2, CHICAGO CUBS 3
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.336, 2-FOR-2)

    Padres 2, Cubs 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:18 PM
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    Padres 2, Cubs 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:13 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JODY GERUT (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF CARLOS ZAMBRANO.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2, CHICAGO CUBS 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: T IGUCHI (.269, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Padres 2, Cubs 1  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 12 9:12 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TADAHITO IGUCHI SCORED RANDY WOLF.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T IGUCHI ON FIRST, J GERUT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: B GILES (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 1, Cubs 1  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 12 8:44 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DERREK LEE SCORED RYAN THERIOT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D LEE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.281, 6 HR, 24 RBI)

    Padres 0, Cubs 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 12 8:16 PM
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