7:05 PM ET, September 8, 2007
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Summary: Carlos Zambrano won for the first time since signing his $91.5 million extension last month and snapped a career-worst five-game losing streak. He limited the Pirates to two hits and a run while striking out eight in six innings of work for his 15th win.
• Heroes: Eight different Cubs had one hit apiece including Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer.
• Loner: The Cubs' Carlos Marmol has the NL's second highest percentage of runners stranded at 86.8 percent (33-of-38).
• Figure this: The Pirates are now 60-82, or in other words, 2 losses shy of clinching their 15th straight losing season.
• Quotable: "It was good to see our No. 1 starter win for first time in seven starts. I had a nice talk with him, with the pitching coach [Larry Rothschild], the other day and I said, 'Look, put all that behind you. We need a strong finish from you, that's what's important.' " -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella
-- ESPN.com news services
Cubs 5, Pirates 1
Piniella is debating whether to start Zambrano on his usual four days' rest Thursday against Houston or hold him back a day to start against St. Louis on Friday. ... Marmol has the NL's second highest percentage of runners stranded, 86.8 percent (33 of 38). ... Bay had arthroscopic knee surgery in December, but that was on his left knee. ... Zambrano is 10-4 in 15 road starts and 5-1 in 11 games in PNC Park. ... Wilson was 0-for-3 after going 14-for-20 in his previous five games.
Regular Season Series
|Chicago leads 8-7 (as of Sat 9/8)|
|Mon 4/30||@PIT 3, CHC 2||Recap|
|Tue 5/1||CHC 8, @PIT 6||Recap|
|Wed 5/2||CHC 7, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/8||PIT 4, @CHC 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/9||@CHC 1, PIT 0||Recap|
|Thu 5/10||PIT 6, @CHC 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/6||@PIT 8, CHC 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/7||CHC 7, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Sun 7/8||@PIT 6, CHC 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/7||@PIT 6, CHC 1||Recap|
|» Sat 9/8||CHC 5, @PIT 1||Box Score|
|Sun 9/9||@PIT 10, CHC 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/21||@CHC 13, PIT 8||Recap|
|Sat 9/22||@CHC 9, PIT 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/23||@CHC 8, PIT 0|
|Complete Schedule: Cubs | Pirates|
|1st||D Lee singled to left, R Theriot scored.||1||0|
|5th||A Soriano homered to left, J Jones scored.||3||0|
|7th||J Jones safe at second on error by first baseman A LaRoche, J Kendall scored, J Jones advanced to first on play, J Jones tagged out at second attempting to advance on play.||4||0|
|7th||J Wilson hit sacrifice fly to left, A LaRoche scored.||4||1|
|9th||J Jones tripled to deep center, M DeRosa scored.||5||1|
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|Stadium||PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Attendance||33,373 (87% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|