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Cubs take first game of Crosstown Classic 6-3



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    Starlin Castro knocked in three runs including a solo homer.

    The Chicago Cubs took the first game of the Crosstown Classic, beating their South Side rivals 6-3.

    Carlos Zambrano picked up the win, pitching eight solid inning before handing the ball to closer Carlos Marmol.

    The White Sox were the ones who looked good early, behind a three-run homer by Paul Konerko in the first inning.

    But Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had other ideas, singling in two runs in the third inning and adding a solo homer in the 6th. A three-run homer by Carlos Pena later in the inning sealed the deal for the North Siders.

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been ejected in the bottom of the sixth inning after apparently arguing that a ball hit by Alexei Ramirez at the plate was foul.

    Ramirez hit a ball close to the plate and Cubs catcher Geovany Soto(notes) picked it up and tagged him with home plate umpire James Hoye calling Ramirez out. Ramirez protested and Guillen raced from the dugout, angrily showing Hoye where the ball hit near the plate. After Hoye ejected him Monday night, Guillen kicked Soto’s mask away from the plate and continued his argument.

    It was Guillen’s second ejection this season and 27th of his career. The Cubs were leading 6-3 at the time.

    Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field.