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Road warrior status fits for Cubs

Road warrior status fits for Cubs

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008 11:48 pm
By: AP

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are proving they are more than just Wrigley Field winners. The Cubs, who are tied for the most home wins in the majors, stretched their lead in the NL Central with their eighth straight road victory. Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano hit home runs and the Cubs beat Atlanta 11-7 on Thursday night, giving Chicago a sweep of the season series for the first time since the rivalry between the franchises began in 1876. The Cubs stretched their lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central to five games. The Cubs, who swept the Braves in a three-game series in Chicago June 10-12, were dominant in adding three straight wins in Atlanta. The Cubs outscored the Braves 29-9 and have their longest road winning streak since 12 straight wins away from Wrigley Field in 1945. “I knew all along that for us to spurt, we needed to play better on the road,” said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. “We needed to put more runs on the board, and that’s exactly what we have done.” The Cubs overcame a brief benches-clearing skirmish and only the second cycle in Atlanta history. Mark Kotsay went 5-for-5 and joined Albert Hall as the only Atlanta players to single, double, triple and homer in the same game. Kotsay drove in a run with a second-inning triple, homered off Chicago starter Ted Lilly in the fourth and added singles in the sixth off Lilly and the ninth off Kerry Wood. Kotsay’s seventh-inning double off reliever Bob Howry was his 1,500th career hit. Kotsay said the sweep ended any thoughts of celebrating the personal highlight. “It’s a selfish accomplishment,” Kotsay said. “Yeah, it feels good to accomplish something but you can tell by the atmosphere in the clubhouse, it’s pretty numb in here.” The Cubs spoiled the return of Braves left-hander Tom Glavine (2-4), who gave up seven hits and seven runs in four innings in his first start since June 10. Glavine walked four batters and had three strikeouts in his return from a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. “I’m not discouraged,” Glavine said after he got shelled by Chicago. “I’m not happy, obviously. Your expectations are high. What I was worried about in my two rehab stars, it came to fruition. I was worried about how sharp I really was and how much I was able to do what I wanted to do. In other NL games, it was: San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2; St. Louis 3, Florida 0; Houston 7, San Francisco 4; Arizona 6, Colorado 2; New York 9, Washington 3, Los Angeles 3, Philadelphia 1; and Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 1. Cardinals 3, Marlins 0 At Miami, Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in all three runs, and Todd Wellemeyer (10-4) pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning for St. Louis. Scott Olsen (6-8) gave up three runs in seven innings to lose his fourth straight. Padres 3, Brewers 2 Jake Peavy (9-8) outpitched Ben Sheets with seven strong innings to help the Padres snap visiting Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak. San Diego reached Sheets (11-6) for three runs in the seventh inning after the Brewers scored in the top half against Peavy. Trevor Hoffman allowed Mike Cameron’s 20th homer in the ninth before finishing for career save No. 550, and his 26th in 29 chances this season for San Diego. Published in The Messenger 8.15.08

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