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Series: Game 1 of 4

Chi Cubs leads 1-0 (as of 7/16)

Game 1: Monday, July 16
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 17
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 18
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Game 4: Thursday, July 19
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Giants 2

(38-52, 17-28 away)

Cubs 3

(48-43, 24-21 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 16, 2007

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: R. Hill (6-6)

    L: K. Correia (1-5)

    S: B. Howry (6)

    Ramirez, Cubs rally in eighth to beat Giants 

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth that rallied the Cubs past a Giants team that gave Barry Bonds the night off.

    • Turning point: After Ryan Theriot's two-out single in the eighth, Cubs manager Lou Piniella sent the runner and Derrek Lee grounded a ball past where Giants second baseman Ray Durham had been standing. Ramirez followed.

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    • Help on the way: The Cubs announced during the game that they had acquired A's catcher Jason Kendall.

    • Figure this: The Cubs have won four straight since the All-Star break and are a season-high five games over .500.

    • Quotable: "It's been a lot of fun. This team is coming together great." -- Cubs starter Rich Hill

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Cubs 3, Giants 2

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Barry Bonds took his recovery day and will be back in the lineup Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants are in dire straits and desperately need a lift from their struggling superstar.

    Aramis Ramirez lined a go-ahead two-run double off the wall in left with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory over slumping San Francisco on Monday night.

    Two people hit balls over the Wrigley Field fence as Bonds watched while his team lost another tough one. Everybody knows it will take more than No. 25 playing again for the Giants to turn things around.

    "He will play tomorrow. I talked to him," said manager Bruce Bochy, who certainly is questioning why he made the move from the two-time NL West champion San Diego Padres.

    Koyie Hill hit a solo home run in the third for the Cubs, who won their fourth straight since the All-Star break and 16th in 20 overall to move a season-best five games over .500. Chicago sent San Francisco to its fifth consecutive defeat and fourth in a row to start the second half on a day Bonds was a late scratch from the lineup to rest his sore legs.

    Rich Hill (6-6) won for the first time in more than a month, getting just enough offense in eight innings. Bob Howry finished for his sixth save in 10 chances.

    "It's been a lot of fun," Rich Hill said. "This team is coming together great."

    After Ramirez's double off Randy Messenger cleared the bases, fans began throwing garbage over the outfield fences from several directions in a strange response to their team taking the lead. The grounds crew scurried out to clean up the mess.

    "That's crazy because we were winning," Ramirez said. "They usually do that when we're losing. I don't know. I guess they were too excited."

    The rally began on back-to-back two-out singles by Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee off loser Kevin Correia (1-5). The bullpen blew it yet again, spoiling a strong outing by rookie right-hander Tim Lincecum, who struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

    Lincecum was coming off his first two-start winning streak after beating Arizona and St. Louis before the All-Star break. After Alfonso Soriano's leadoff single in the first, the lone hit Lincecum allowed was Koyie Hill's homer to start the third.

    Pedro Feliz tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit RBI single by Guillermo Rodriguez in the eighth, but the Cubs answered in the bottom half.

    Rich Hill ended a five-start winless stretch that featured two losses since his last victory on June 7 at Atlanta. He hadn't gone longer than 6 2/3 innings since then before Monday's impressive eight-inning effort.

    He allowed four hits and two runs, struck out three and walked two. He switched gears slightly after learning Bonds wouldn't play.

    "There was that adjustment made before the game," Hill said. "We heard that he wasn't the lineup, just made a mental adjustment, how you're going to approach it. He makes a difference in the lineup."

    Chicago announced late in the game it had acquired veteran catcher Jason Kendall from the Oakland Athletics for catcher Rob Bowen and minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Kendall told him he'd do his best to arrive in time for Tuesday night's game with the Giants.

    Manager Lou Piniella plans to bat him seventh.

    "He gives you a good professional at-bat and he'll take a walk," Piniella said.

    Bonds has been stuck at 751 home runs and four shy of tying Hank Aaron's record for nearly two weeks -- though he did have the All-Star break last week.

    He is mired in one of the worst slumps of his 22-year career and might sit out again Tuesday night. The slugger, who turns 43 on July 24, erupted in frustration after going 0-for-5 on Sunday for the second straight day.

    "It's an embarrassment for me to be wearing this [expletive deleted] uniform 'cause of the way I'm playing. There, that's it. Now go away," Bonds said.

    Then he overturned a laundry cart as he walked through the clubhouse, a rare public display of emotion with his pursuit of the Hammer stalled.

    Bonds is 0-fer in his last 20 at-bats, hitless in six straight games and hasn't homered in 23 at-bats, since July 3 at Cincinnati.

    The Giants, coming off a discouraging weekend sweep at home by the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers, fell to a season-worst 14 games below .500. Many are expecting a firesale come the trading deadline later this month -- that is if the Giants can find some takers for some of their aging veterans.

    Game Notes
    Bonds homered in each of his last two games against the Cubs, Sept. 2-3, 2006, at Wrigley. ... San Francisco's Dave Roberts matched his career-best hitting streak at 10 games with a single in the eighth. ... Lincecum has allowed only four earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings. ... Rodriguez, a rookie who spent 12 years in the minors, is 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position since being called up June 8. ... Feliz hit his 13th home run and first in 40 at-bats since a shot off Greg Maddux on June 27.

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