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Cubs blank Pirates
Cubs 8, Pirates 0
Carlos Zambrano struck out six and walked three on Sunday. (Jerry Lai/AP)
 Lee's two-run homer
Carlos Zambrano was dominant, the offense continued to click and Chicago extended its NL Central lead over the Brewers. The bad news? Zambrano left the mound before the start of the seventh because of cramping in his right forearm.
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Series at a glance:
PIT
Pittsburgh (66-90)
Lost 9
Chi Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 0   CHC
Chi Cubs (83-73)
Won 4
September 23, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Pittsburgh
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 0
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 0 2 3 2 0 X   8 14 0
Standings thru 9/23/07  |  Recap: PIT|CHC  |  Gameday  |  Pirates Stats  |  Cubs Stats
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Morgan, CF4010012.265
Bautista, 3B3000121.259
Sanchez, F, 2B3000011.304
  a-Kata, PH-2B1000011.216
LaRoche, 1B4010020.273
Nady, RF4010011.283
Bay, LF2000110.248
  Sanchez, R, P0000000.000
  b-Pearce, PH1000010.288
Paulino, C3000012.260
Izturis, SS3000002.255
Gorzelanny, P1000110.066
  Osoria, P0000000.000
  McLouth, LF0000100.257
Totals2903041210 

a-Struck out for Sanchez, F in the 8th. b-Struck out for Sanchez, R in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Morgan; LaRoche; Nady.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Izturis 2; Kata.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Nady (3, 2nd base off Zambrano/Soto).
CS: Morgan (3, 2nd base by Zambrano/Soto).

FIELDING
PB: Paulino (8).
Outfield assists: Bay (Lee at home).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF5110013.296
DeRosa, 2B4121121.295
Lee, 1B4223102.319
Ramirez, 3B4000133.312
Murton, RF4130010.284
  Fuld, RF0000000.000
Soto, C3121010.395
Monroe, CF3000014.221
  Pie, CF1000001.211
Cedeno, SS4133000.200
Zambrano, P3110003.256
  Wood, P1000010.000
  Wuertz, P0000000.000
Totals36814831017 

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (27, Gorzelanny), Murton 2 (12, Gorzelanny, Gorzelanny), Lee (41, Gorzelanny), Zambrano (2, Gorzelanny).
HR: Lee (20, 6th inning off Gorzelanny, 1 on, 2 out), Cedeno (3, 7th inning off Sanchez, R, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Soriano; DeRosa 3; Lee 6; Murton 5; Soto 2; Cedeno 6; Zambrano 2.
RBI: Cedeno 3 (12), Lee 3 (79), Soto (7), DeRosa (72).
2-out RBI: DeRosa; Lee 2; Cedeno 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez 2; Soriano; Monroe.
SF: Soto.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Soriano (19, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Paulino).

 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gorzelanny (L, 14-9)5.212662713.73
Osoria 0.10000004.39
Sanchez, R 2.02221312.45
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 17-13)6.03003604.08
Wood 2.00001303.80
Wuertz 1.00000303.63

WP: Sanchez, R.
IBB: Ramirez (by Gorzelanny).
Pitches-strikes: Gorzelanny 117-73, Osoria 1-1, Sanchez, R 34-21, Zambrano 93-58, Wood 27-18, Wuertz 15-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Gorzelanny 2-7, Osoria 0-1, Sanchez, R 1-2, Zambrano 6-5, Wood 3-0, Wuertz 0-0.
Batters faced: Gorzelanny 30, Osoria 1, Sanchez, R 9, Zambrano 23, Wood 7, Wuertz 3.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Phil Cuzzi. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Tom Hallion.
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 5 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:32.
Att: 41,364.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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