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Cubs Take Out Padres in Extra Innings

Cubs 1, Padres 0



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    Tyler Colvin doubled home Geovany Soto with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

    Soto reached on a fielder's choice with two outs, then scored from first when Colvin lined a shot to right.

    Carlos Marmol (1-1) struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Cubs. Chad Qualls (0-1) allowed a run while getting two outs for San Diego. Tim Stauffer scattered four hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one. He lowered his ERA from 4.80 to 3.27 before being replaced by pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe in the eighth after throwing just 95 pitches.

    Carlos Zambrano one-upped Stauffer, allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings for Chicago. He struck out 10 and walked one. Zambrano struck out the side in the first, then got stronger as the game went on. He retired the last 13 batters he faced, lowering his ERA from 6.11 to 4.21.

    Zambrano, who hasn't lost since being put on the suspended list for a dugout tirade during a loss to the White Sox on June 25, faced his only real trouble in the second. He struck out Nick Hundley to lead off the inning before allowing a single to Ryan Ludwick. Cameron Maybin then reached base on a fielders choice, and Jason Bartlett's single advanced Maybin to third. But Zambrano stranded both runners by getting Stauffer to ground out to shortstop.

    Zambrano allowed just one more hit a fourth-inning single by Hundley. With a first-pitch temperature of 34 degrees and a 12 mph wind blowing in, both lineups struggled. San Diego's 3-4-5 hitters _ Orlando Hudson, Jorge Cantu and Hundley _ went a combined 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts. Bartlett, who entered the game batting .167, led the Padres with two hits. Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters _ Marlon Byrd, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena _ also went a combined 1-for-11.

    Pena just missed winning it with a left-field shot in the ninth, but the wind kept him from his first homer in a Cubs uniform.