Williams allows two runs over seven innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dusty Baker knew Jerome Williams could give the
Chicago Cubs a lift.

Williams won his Cubs debut, and Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez
homered in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday

Williams (1-2) made his first major league start since being
acquired from the San Francisco Giants with pitcher David Aardsma
for reliever LaTroy Hawkins and cash on May 28.

"That's the Jerome Williams I had seen in San Francisco,"
Baker said. "Had it not been for Billy Hall, he might have shut
them out."

Baker, who managed the Giants from 1993-02, followed Williams'
career after he was drafted in 1999. After parts of five seasons in
the minors, Williams made it to the majors in 2003.

The Cubs hope Williams, who was 17-14 for the Giants, can fill
in at least until injured right-handers Mark Prior and Kerry Wood
return from the disabled list, possibly before the All-Star break.

Called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day, Williams showed
he might be able to do just that.

"He kept us close until we could score some runs, which we
did," Baker said.

It was the 23-year-old right-hander's first big league start
since April 24, when he allowed six runs over five innings in an
8-5 loss to the Brewers with the Giants.

Williams allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He
walked four and struck out a season-high six.

Ryan Dempster got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances,
retiring pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo with two on to end it.

Hall was the only Brewers batter to get to Williams. Hall hit a
solo homer in the second. In the fourth, he hit the first pitch,
another solo drive to left, for his first career multihomer game
and a career-high 10 homers this season.

"Two swings of the bat, and they get the win," Hall said,
referring to the two-run homers hit by Lee and Ramirez. "I had two
swings of the bat with the same result, just not enough men on

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (2-7) certainly deserved better.

He retired nine consecutive batters after Todd Hollandsworth's
one-out single in the first before Lee reached on shortstop J.J.
Hardy's error in the fourth.

Center fielder Brady Clark, whose error in the seventh allowed
the Cubs to score the deciding run Monday night, caught Jeromy
Burnitz's long fly and threw out Lee, who was trying to advance to

Santos stayed in command as he retired the next six Cubs, but
the Brewers' defense doomed him in the seventh.

Hollandsworth tripled over the head of right fielder Geoff
Jenkins, who got turned around on the play. The ball deflected off
Jenkins' glove and rolled to the wall. Then Lee hit the first pitch
from Santos for his 20th homer, tying it at 2.

Rookie second baseman Rickie Weeks booted Burnitz's grounder for
an error, and Ramirez sent the next pitch 434 feet to left-center,
putting the Cubs ahead 4-2 and sending their visiting fans into a

"We got to get better defensively, no matter what," Hall said.

Lee and Ramirez also homered in Monday night's 5-4 win at Miller

Santos went seven innings. He was looking for his first win
after two no-decisions in three starts against the Cubs this

"The guy on the other side, Santos, he's been tough on us,"
Baker said. "I'm just glad we got him."

The Cubs and Williams had a bit of a brief scare in the third
when Prince Fielder lined a grounder off the pitcher's leg. The
ball rolled to shortstop Enrique Wilson, who made the play to

Williams had his left calf heavily bandaged after the game.

Game notes
Fielder played first base for the first time in his big
league career. He pinch-hit in Monday night's loss to the Cubs and
was a designated hitter in four interleague games earlier this
month. ... Cubs CF Corey Patterson got the night off, until he
pinch-hit for Williams in the eighth. He was batting .105
(2-for-19) against Santos. ... Asked how intentional walks might
affect Lee, Baker recalled some 30-year-old advice from Hank Aaron,
a former Atlanta teammate. Aaron told Baker "not to take it
personally. It's a strategic move." ... Williams, who went 10-7
with a 4.24 ERA with the Giants last season, was 1-1 with a 2.22
ERA in four games with Iowa.