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Loaiza adds two-run single as Dodgers roll vs. Cubs

• Hero: Loaiza was claimed off waivers from the A's on Wednesday.

• Goat: Zambrano lost his fifth straight start and has a 9.56 ERA in three starts since the Cubs gave him a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension through 2012.

• Memo to Cubs fans: ESPN's Steve Phillips thinks it's despicable that fans (like the Cubs') boo their own players (like Big Z). ListenInsider

• Nomar ready to go? Dodgers third baseman Nomar Garciaparra said if he can run Tuesday without any pain, he intends to come off the DL. Garciaparra told The Los Angeles Times he was willing to take a certain amount of risk to be part of the playoff hunt.

• Hunt for October: The Dodgers stayed within four games of the NL West lead, while the Cubs maintained a 1½-game lead in the NL Central when Milwaukee and St. Louis both lost.

• Quotable: "I don't understand why the fans were booing at me. I can't
understand that. They showed me today they just
care about them. That's no fair. Because when you are struggling,
that's when you want to feel the support of the fans. -- Zambrano

-- ESPN.com news services

Dodgers 11, Cubs 3

CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano heard the boos from the Wrigley
Field faithful and pointed to his head. Esteban Loaiza had just
gotten the Los Angeles Dodgers a win in his first try, while
Zambrano remained winless for more than a month.

Loaiza allowed three runs in seven innings and hit a two-run
single, leading the Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 11-3 Monday.

"I will remember that," Zambrano said of the fan reaction. "I
don't want to stink and [have] bad outings. I know the great moment
of my career will come."

Zambrano (14-12) lost his fifth straight start, giving up eight
runs for the first time since June 22, 2005, at Milwaukee.

"I don't understand why the fans were booing at me. I can't
understand that," Zambrano said. "They showed me today they just
care about them. That's no fair. Because when you are struggling,
that's when you want to feel the support of the fans."

He lasted 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since he went four
innings against Cincinnati on April 13. He gave up seven hits and
five walks.

Zambrano has a 9.56 ERA in three starts since the Cubs gave him
a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension through 2012, and he
is 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA in six starts since beating Cincinnati on
July 29.

"We need Carlos straightened out," Cubs manager Lou Piniella
said. "His stuff is plenty good. I liked his stuff today. I was
expecting a really, really, bang-up effort after seeing him come
off the mound, and then all of a sudden he gives up a run. Loaiza
gets a big base hit. That's not Zambrano like."

Loaiza (1-0) was claimed off waivers from Oakland on Wednesday,
with the Dodgers assuming more than $8 million in guaranteed salary
this year and next. He did not pitch this season until Aug. 22 due
to a bulging disk in his neck, and the two-time All-Star was 1-0
with a 1.84 ERA in two starts with the Athletics.

"He didn't make very many mistakes in the middle of the
plate," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "I thought he did a
great job, stayed aggressive throughout the whole game, and when we
got the lead he was being even more aggressive and using his
defense."

Loaiza gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked one,
throwing 96 pitches. His single was his first major league hit
since Aug. 26, 2005.

"I haven't swung the bat for two years since I was with the
Nationals," Loaiza said. "I tried to make contact and I got a
base hit with two RBIs with two outs. I think that was a big hit of
mine."

James Loney had three RBIs for Los Angeles, which is four games
back of San Diego and three behind Arizona in the NL West.

NL Central-leading Chicago maintained a 1½-game lead over
Milwaukee and a two-game margin over St. Louis.

Every Dodgers starter had at least one hit. Alfonso Soriano
homered leading off the first for Chicago.

Andy LaRoche's RBI grounder tied the score in the second, but
Ryan Theriot singled for a 2-1 lead in the third. Zambrano had led
off the inning with a single and tried to score from first on
Soriano's double down the left-field line. Zambrano ran through
third-base coach Mike Quade's stop sign and easily was thrown out
at the plate on shortstop Rafael Furcal's relay of Luis Gonzalez's
throw.

Zambrano walked three batters on the fourth, when LaRoche hit a
tying double and Loaiza singled.

Juan Pierre walked leading off the fifth, advanced when first
baseman Derrek Lee dropped a pickoff attempt for an error and
scored on Jeff Kent's RBI groundout. Martin's run-scoring single
made it 6-2 and chased Zambrano.

"I hope he can forget about it by his next start. It's just the
nature of game. We've all in here have been booed," Lee said. "I
think he's going to get straightened out. I kind of like it that
he's angry. I have a feeling he might turn that around and use it
in his next start."

Loney greeted Will Ohman with a a two-run double.

Soriano led off the first inning by hitting a 1-0 pitch into
left field bleachers. It was Soriano's 38th career leadoff homer
and first since June 23 at U.S Cellular Field against the White
Sox.

Game notes
Soriano has 38 homers leading off the first inning. ...
Cubs C Jason Kendall missed the game with a swollen hand after
getting hit by a pitch on Sunday. He is day to day. ... Crew chief
umpire Joe West ordered the lights turned off in the bottom of the
fourth since the lights weren't turned on at the top half of the
inning.