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Larger Cub loss could be Big Z

Larger Cub loss could be Big Z

Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:41 pm
By: By The Associated Press

The Cubs got some bad news when starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano left after five innings against the Astros. Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano left because of arm problems and will have his right arm examined today.
“He told our pitching coach he wasn’t feeling good,” Piniella said. “It has to be in his arm. I just don’t know. We’ll let you know tomorrow when we find out.”
In other NL games, it was the New York Mets 6, Milwaukee 5 in 10 innings; Philadelphia 4, Washington 0; Colorado 6, San Francisco 5 in 12 innings; Atlanta 16, Florida 14; Los Angeles 8, San Diego 4 and Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2.
At Arizona, Adam Wainwright helped himself by doubling in two runs, and Troy Glaus hit one of St. Louis’ three homers in an 8-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Yadier Molina and Felipe Lopez hit back-to-back shots to give Wainwright an early 5-0 lead. That made it seven home runs in two games for the Cardinals against the Diamondbacks.
St. Louis is 51/2 back of Milwaukee in the wild card race.
“There’s no sports writer, no fan that’s telling me we’re out of this thing,” Wainwright said. “Until the last game of the season I’m battling like we’re going to be ready for the playoffs.”
Wainwright (8-3), in his third start since returning from the disabled list, shut out the Diamondbacks through five before giving up a run in the sixth. He struck out seven and walked two, yielding three hits in 51/3 innings.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-4) gave up five runs and four hits in 42/3 innings, the fourth Arizona starting pitcher in a row to have a rough outing.
“Sometimes it’s contagious,” Melvin said. “The next guy tries doubly hard to give you a good, solid outing. It certainly isn’t characteristic of our staff, our rotation.”
Astros 9, Cubs 7 (11)
At Chicago, Geoff Blum hit a two-run homer off Kerry Wood (4-3) in the 11th inning to send Houston to its seventh straight victory.
The first-place Cubs, who have lost four straight, all at home, remained 41/2 games ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Braves 16, Marlins 14
At Miami, pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay had an RBI double in the ninth inning and Atlanta spoiled a seven-run rally by Florida.
Kelly Johnson had four hits and four RBI, and Omar Infante had four hits and two RBI for the Braves, who had a season-high in runs.
Mets 6, Brewers (10)
At Milwaukee, Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Endy Chavez drove in the decisive run in the 10th inning for New York.
Six relievers combined for seven shutout innings, helping the NL East leaders remain two games ahead of second-place Philadelphia. The Mets won for the 16th time in 21 games.
Phillies 4, Nationals 0
At Washington, Cole Hamels (12-8) pitched into the eighth inning and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs as Philadelphia snapped Washington’s seven-game winning streak.
Hamels gave up five hits in 71/3 innings, striking out six and walking three.
Rockies 6, Giants 5 (12)
At Denver, Ryan Spilborghs singled home Omar Quintanilla with one out in the bottom of the 12th for Colorado.
Quintanilla started the rally by singling off Keiichi Yabu (3-6), and Matt Holliday walked. Giants closer Brian Wilson came on and Spilborghs lined a single down the right-field line to end the game.
Pirates 3, Reds 2
At Cincinnati, rookies Brandon Moss and Andy LaRoche hit back-to-back home runs to help Pittsburgh snap a 10-game losing streak.


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