CHICAGO (AP) -- Jeromy Burnitz's game-winning hit earned him a
shaving-cream pie in the face.
Burnitz singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the
Chicago Cubs rallied past the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Wednesday
for their fourth victory in five games.As Burnitz spoke during a postgame interview, winner Ryan
Dempster (5-3) got him with the shaving cream."That's the first time that happened to me," Burnitz said.
"It made the day. I kind of enjoyed it."Chicago trailed 3-2 in the eighth when Derrek Lee singled
leading off against former-Cub LaTroy Hawkins. With Scott Eyre
pitching, Aramis Ramirez reached on a one-out error by shortstop
Omar Vizquel, his first in 60 games.Pinch-hitter Matt Murton hit a fly ball that right fielder
Michael Tucker lost in the sun and allowed to drop for an RBI
single. Had Tucker caught the ball, Lee likely would have tagged up
at third and scored.In the ninth, Jody Gerut pinch hit for Dempster and was walked
by Kevin Correia (1-3) leading off the inning. Jeff Fassero
relieved, Jose Macias sacrificed and Todd Walker flied out.Lee, who leads the major leagues with a .367 average, was
intentionally walked. Fassero's first three pitches to Burnitz were
balls. Burnitz took a called strike and then fouled off a pitch
before driving in Gerut with a sharp single to right."I think I swung at ball four, a high fastball, " Burnitz said
of the foul ball. "Then he threw me a slider that was right there
to hit, and I took a good hard hack at it."Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for the win.San Francisco manager Felipe Alou used four relievers in the
final two innings following a strong outing by starter Brett Tomko.
The right-hander, who rejoined the Giants rotation on July 7,
allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking
three."Eyre was gassed," Alou said. "We knew that the game was
going to be decided by Lee and Burnitz. When Correia walked the
lefty [Gerut], we wanted to save him for tomorrow and we took him
out."Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano allowed three runs and 11 hits in 7
1/3 innings. Zambrano hasn't lost since June 22 at Milwaukee and
has pitched at least seven innings in every start and allowed three
runs or fewer.Zambrano settled down after the first three Giants reached,
retiring the next 10 batters. He got some help in the first when
Jason Ellison was caught stealing second by catcher Henry Blanco,
then with runners at the corners retired Pedro Feliz on a popout
and Michael Tucker on a flyout.Vizquel had three hits for the Giants, including a double, and
San Francisco outhit the Cubs 13-8.Lee and Ramirez hit run-scoring singles that put the Cubs ahead
2-0 in the third, but Snow hit an RBI single in the fifth before
Zambrano ended the inning by striking out Edgardo Alfonzo with the
bases loaded.San Francisco took a 3-2 lead in the eighth when Yorvit
Torrealba hit an RBI double and scored on a single by pinch-hitter
Ray Durham that chased Zambrano."He asked me it I wanted to go out in the eighth inning,"
Zambrano said of manager Dusty Baker. "I said yes. I felt
competitive and I want to throw eight innings today. I just made a
mistake in the eighth inning today and I paid for it."
San Francisco OF Moises Alou didn't play due to a tight
right hamstring. He left Tuesday's game after the first inning. ...
Chicago OF Jerry Hairston didn't play due to a bruised left calf.
... Players from both teams arrived later than usual for the 1:20
p.m. game, following Tuesday night's rain-delayed, extra-inning
game, which ended at 1:16 a.m. ... Former Blackhawks star Denis
Savard sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."