ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cubs thought they had scored enough
runs to hold off the stubborn Angels. That was before Anaheim kept
chipping away at a very vulnerable Chicago bullpen.
Even a five-run lead in the eighth wasn't safe until LaTroy
Hawkins came in and struck out Vladimir Guerrero with the bases
loaded to help preserve a 10-5 victory Saturday night.
Hawkins, in his first save opportunity since Joe Borowski went
on the disabled list last Sunday with a shoulder injury, retired
all four batters he faced for his fifth save in seven chances after
relieving Kent Mercker.
"You hate to see Guerrero up there at any time, especially with
men in scoring position," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "When
you don't have Joe, you have to do some things that you're really
not crazy about doing because it changes the form of our bullpen
"So I went to LaTroy out of necessity, and he came through."
"We have a good offense, but we have to find a little more
consistency," Derrek Lee said. "It seems like we either score 10
or one. We need to find a way to scratch out five or more runs more
Francis Beltran inherited a four-run lead from Rusch before the
Angels closed to 6-5 with three runs in the sixth. Pinch-hitter
Casey Kotchman hit an RBI single, Tim Salmon scored on Jose
Molina's groundout and Adam Kennedy greeted Mike Remlinger with an
"It got tight there, but I was definitely confident that the
guys were going to hold them down," Rusch said. "We're deep in
the pen, as far as quality relief."
The Cubs increased the margin to 9-5 with a four-run eighth.
Kevin Gregg gave up consecutive RBI doubles to Jose Macias and
Walker, followed by Michael Barrett's RBI single. Ramirez capped
the rally with a sacrifice fly.
Bartolo Colon (4-5) was charged with six runs and nine hits in
six innings, and was booed off the mound following Chicago's
"I don't think he was locating his fastball like he wanted to,
but he was still throwing hard and had good movement," Lee said.
"He usually hits the outside corner pretty good, but tonight he
was getting the ball over the heart of the plate. But in my mind,
he's still one of the top pitchers. We got him tonight, but I'm
saying he's going to turn it around."
The portly right-hander, who signed a four-year, $51 million
contract with the Angels last December, is 0-3 over his last six
starts -- having allowed 32 earned runs in 32 innings during that
"The first half last year with the White Sox is very similar to
what I'm going through right now," Colon said with Angels Spanish
language broadcaster Jose Mota translating. "Every pitcher I know
goes through tough situations like this. I'd like to get out of it,
find myself again and get back into a rhythm."
The three homers against Colon increased his total to 19, tying
St. Louis' Matt Morris for the most allowed in the majors. Last
season with the White Sox, Colon surrendered a career-worst 30
"I don't know the answer to that," Colon said. "I'm trying
really hard, but things are just not going my way right now. I
expect to be back to form, regardless. This team got me for a
reason. It keeps kind of piling on, but I've got to stop this
somehow. I know what the fans expect from me and I know what my
teammates expect of me."
Ramirez opened the scoring with his 13th homer leading off the
second. Guillen thought he had a homer leading off the bottom of
the inning, but was sent back to second base because of fan
interference. He scored two outs later on Molina's single.
Guillen's slicing drive toward the right-field pole was touched
by a fan reaching over the short fence. First-base umpire Dale
Scott initially ruled it a homer, but then reversed his call after
Baker and first baseman Lee persuaded him to confer with the other
This was only the third game that Hollandsworth (2-for-4)
has started as a designated hitter in his 10-year career --
including Friday night (2-for-4) and one game last season with
Florida (1-for-4). ... Rusch entered with an 0-3 record and 10.13
ERA against the Angels.