CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs turned some ugly baseball in a
"It wasn't pretty, but we won," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
"The wildest game I've seen. ... We made a week's worth of errors
in one game."
Izturis, traded for Greg Maddux on July 31, sent a single
through the middle to score pinch-runner Juan Mateo, a pitcher who
lumbered around third and just made it to the plate as Dodgers
center fielder Kenny Lofton threw home.
"He's a pitcher, but he scored," Izturis said. "They got the
lead early and we came back. It's just nice to have a "W" like
David Aardsma (2-0), the eighth Cubs pitcher, got the win with
two hitless innings.
The Cubs made their fifth and sixth errors of the game in the
ninth when Izturis and Derrek Lee, both top-notch fielders, botched
grounders to put runners at first and third.
"You won't see them make errors in the same inning ever,"
But they did and the Dodgers tied it when Russell Martin hit a
double-play grounder to short and second baseman Ryan Theriot's
throw to first was low and first baseman Lee couldn't scoop it as
pinch-runner Lofton scored from third on the fielder's choice.
"I mean that's baseball, part of the game," Izturis said.
In the eighth, J.D. Drew missed Theriot's fly ball along the
wall down the right-field line for a three-base error and Lee
followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Cubs an 8-7 lead.
The Dodgers began the night 1½ games ahead in the NL West.
Derek Lowe, looking for his 15th win, was staked to an early 7-0
lead but gave up seven hits and five runs in the fifth. He lasted
five innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs before the Cubs tied
it in the seventh against the Dodgers' bullpen.
"I really let them back in the game," Lowe said. "I couldn't
put a stop to the inning. With a 7-0 lead, you've got all the
Murton's two-run double highlighted the five-run fifth inning by
the Cubs that featured seven hits, including five straight singles
to start the inning and a throwing error on Rafael Furcal on one of
those hits -- Buck Coats' infield single to short.
"Every game is important for us right now," Dodgers manager
Grady Little said. "You don't like the thought of being up 7-0 and
losing. That game was decided in the fifth, not the 11th."
The Dodgers had what seemed to be a comfortable lead after
Chicago second baseman Freddie Bynum made three errors in the first
two innings, two in a four-run first.
"The best thing is to forget about it. It's hard to forget
about it, but you got to go out there and do your job," Bynum
"It only gets in your head if you let it get in your head."
When Andre Ethier grounded to Bynum, he initially looked to
second, hesitated and then threw late to first for his first error.
When Matt Kemp hit a grounder to short, Bynum took the relay from
shortstop Ronny Cedeno and uncorked a throw past first for another
error with two runs scoring to make it 4-0.
Bynum dropped Lowe's popup to start the second and Furcal hit
his 11th homer, a long shot to left center, for a 6-0 lead. With
two outs in the inning, Bynum nearly had his fourth error when he
threw high to first on Drew's grounder, but Drew was given a hit
because he raced down the line, arriving at the same time as the
Chicago right fielder Jones missed Kemp's third-inning fly ball
for the Cubs' fourth error and Russell Martin hit an RBI single for
a 7-0 lead.
Chicago starter Sean Marshall gave up six hits and four walks in
3 2/3 innings but only three of the seven runs against him were
Garciaparra made his return to Wrigley Field. He spent part
of 2004 and the 2005 seasons with the Cubs, his final season
limited to 62 games by injuries. He singled in the first, his first
career at-bat against the Cubs. ... It was the Cubs' first
six-error game since June 14, 1982 against the Phillies. ... Six of
the game's 17 runs were unearned.