Cubs 3, Cardinals 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hero: Carlos Marmol, who had electric stuff, retired five batters and pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season and first since July 26.

Goats: Kosuke Fukudome and Tyler Colvin each went 0-for-4.

Key Play: Leadoff hitter Aaron Miles reached second on a throwing error by Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth but the next hitter, Brandon Ryan, popped a bunt out to catcher Koyie Hill. Felipe Lopez then popped out to Ramirez and Allen Craig struck out to end the game.

Comments: The Cubs improved to 14-29 in one-run games and 2-16 in one-run road games. Their other one-run victory away from Wrigley Field this year came on June 24 at Seattle.

Derrek Lee and Ramirez, who each took Chris Carpenter deep, homered in the same game for just the second time this season. The other time came in an 8-6 loss to Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on April 15.

Carpenter (13-4), who has allowed 18 home runs this season, allowed two or more homers in a game for the fifth time in 2010 and the first time since June 28. It was Carpenter's first loss since July 8 and his first loss to the Cubs since Aug. 10, 2008.

Carpenter also allowed a two-out RBI double to the light-hitting Hill.

"I made three bad pitches," Carpenter said. "Aramis hit a homer, I made a bad pitch to Derrek Lee, and I made a bad pitch, a hanging curveball, to the catcher there."

Carlos Zambrano (4-6), who earned his first win since June 20, walked just two in 5 2/3 innings Saturday after issuing 11 walks in his previous 8 2/3 innings. Zambrano's velocity reached 94 MPH.

"Today, everything was working," Zambrano said. "Split finger, my sinker and my slider."

"Zambrano was much better today," Lou Piniella added. "(He) had more velocity, threw more strikes, looked more confident out on the mound. I told him after the ballgame, 'Just keep improving. Nice job.' "

Next: The Cardinals (65-50) enter play Sunday (WGN, 1:15 p.m.) tied for first with Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Kyle Lohse (1-4, 5.89 ERA), who underwent forearm surgery, will make his first start since May 22 for St. Louis.

The Cubs (49-68) will counter with Ryan Dempster (10-8, 3.66) who won his last start, at San Francisco, on Tuesday. Dempster is 0-1 in two starts against the Cardinals this season. He was hammered for six runs in 6 2/3 innings - and allowed a pair of home runs to Albert Pujols - in a loss on May 30. He did not figure in the decision on July 25 after allowing three runs in seven innings of the Cardinals' 4-3 extra-inning victory.

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