CHICAGO (AP) -- Todd Hollandsworth feels he gets more comfortable
at the plate as the game goes on.
That paid off for the Cubs in the 12th inning Sunday when he hit
a run-scoring single through a drawn-in infield to give Chicago a
6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Honestly, for some reason I'm probably more nervous when the
game starts than in the situation there," Hollandsworth said.
"For some reason, I seem to relax, just really bear down and
Jeromy Burnitz hit a triple off the left-center field wall with
one out in the 12th against Derrick Turnbow (0-1), the sixth
Milwaukee pitcher. After an intentional walk to Derrek Lee,
"(The pitch) was down and away and he just slapped it over and
through the hole," Turnbow said. "It just happens sometimes."
Reliever Glendon Rusch (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings to
earn the win. He allowed three hits and struck out four.
"I was in a jam every inning today it seemed like," Rusch
said. "It was great to weasel my way out of all of them and give
us a chance to win."
The Cubs scored three runs off Milwaukee reliever Tommy Phelps
to tie it at 5 in the sixth inning. Phelps gave up hits to the
first three batters of the inning, and was removed after
Hollandsworth hit a run-scoring single.
The runs were the first allowed by the Brewers' bullpen this
year after 12 2-3 scoreless innings.
Bottalico, Matt Wise and Jorge De La Rosa didn't allow a run in
five innings Sunday.
"Our bullpen did a great job today," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "Ricky Bottalico, Matt Wise and Jorge De La Rosa were all
very good. "(Phelps) just didn't have it today."
Chicago starter Greg Maddux allowed four runs -- three earned --
and nine hits, including two homers, in five innings. The Cubs
right-hander entered the game 10-2 with a 1.45 ERA against the
Brewers, but Milwaukee touched him for single runs in four of the
first five innings.
"It could have been worse I guess," Maddux said. "I'm not
happy pitching only five innings, but if you pitch better you get
to stay in longer."
Brewers starter Victor Santos pitched five strong innings,
allowing two runs on three hits.<
Notes: @ De La Rosa struck out five in the ninth and 10th
innings. ... Cubs RHP Mark Prior threw 30 pitches from the Wrigley
Field mound before the game. The Cubs will announce on Monday
whether he starts at home against San Diego or in the minors on
Tuesday. ... Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra went 0-for-5 and has just
four hits -- all singles -- in his first 28 at-bats. ... Santos
hadn't pitched since April 2 in the Brewer's final preseason game,
at Miller Park. He allowed one run in six innings against the White
Sox. ... Cubs 2B Todd Walker left the game in the 11th with a
sprained knee and will have an MRI. Milwaukee's Carlos Lee took him
out at second with a slide in the 10th.