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Catching some Z's
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Cubs 6, Marlins 3
Carlos Zambrano improved to 6-0 at Wrigley Field this season. (Jerry Lai/AP)
Carlos Zambrano pitched seven strong innings, hit an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run as the Cubs retained sole possession of first place in the NL Central. A diving catch by right fielder Mark DeRosa in the eighth inning saved a possible Florida comeback.
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Series at a glance:
FLA
Florida (53-49)
Lost 2
Chi Cubs 6, Florida 3   CHC
Chi Cubs (60-42)
Won 2
July 24, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Florida
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0   3 8 0
Chi Cubs
0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 X   6 8 1
Standings thru 7/24/08  |  Recap: FLA | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Marlins stats  |  Cubs stats
FloridaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ramirez, H, SS5112013.299
Amezaga, 2B5110012.280
Cantu, 3B-1B3030100.294
Jacobs, 1B3000013.243
  b-Helms, PH-3B1000113.232
Ross, CF4000014.260
Gonzalez, RF3001001.260
Willingham, LF4020012.266
Baker, C3000112.182
Olsen, P2110010.175
  a-Hermida, PH1000011.253
  Lindstrom, P0000000.000
  Nelson, P0000000.000
  c-Uggla, PH0000100.269
Totals343834921 

a-Struck out for Olsen in the 7th. b-Walked for Jacobs in the 8th. c-Walked for Nelson in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Cantu (24, Gaudin).
HR: Ramirez, H (24, 3rd inning off Zambrano, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Ramirez, H 4; Amezaga; Cantu 4; Willingham 2; Olsen.
RBI: Ramirez, H 2 (47), Gonzalez (36).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez; Ramirez, H; Willingham; Helms 2.
SF: Gonzalez.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gonzalez (Lee at home).
DP: (Ramirez, H-Amezaga).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF3110100.282
Theriot, SS4100004.321
Lee, 1B3001120.297
Ramirez, A, 3B4022000.270
Johnson, CF4010011.280
DeRosa, RF2100201.277
Blanco, C4121013.299
Cedeno, 2B3111012.266
Zambrano, P2111010.356
  a-Ward, PH1000000.259
  Gaudin, P0000000.000
  Cotts, P0000000.000
  Howry, P0000000.000
  Marmol, P0000000.000
Totals306864611 

a-Grounded out for Zambrano in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Johnson (15, Olsen), Soriano (13, Olsen), Zambrano (3, Olsen), Ramirez, A (23, Olsen).
HR: Cedeno (2, 3rd inning off Olsen, 0 on, 0 out), Blanco (2, 6th inning off Olsen, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Soriano 2; Ramirez, A 3; Johnson 2; Blanco 5; Cedeno 4; Zambrano 2.
RBI: Cedeno (21), Zambrano (8), Lee (61), Ramirez, A 2 (68), Blanco (6).
2-out RBI: Lee; Ramirez, A 2; Blanco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blanco 2.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ramirez, A (2, 2nd base off Nelson/Baker).

FIELDING
E: Blanco (2, fielding).

 
FloridaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Olsen (L, 6-5)6.07663324.07
Lindstrom 1.00000003.90
Nelson 1.01001301.38
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 11-4)7.06220612.96
Gaudin 0.02100003.38
Cotts 0.00001002.50
Howry (H, 14)0.20000005.14
Marmol (S, 4)1.10003303.88

Gaudin pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.
Cotts pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Soriano (by Olsen).
HBP: Cantu (by Zambrano).
Pitches-strikes: Olsen 85-58, Lindstrom 11-7, Nelson 19-11, Zambrano 125-81, Gaudin 9-6, Cotts 4-0, Howry 9-7, Marmol 38-20.
Ground outs-fly outs: Olsen 6-7, Lindstrom 2-1, Nelson 0-0, Zambrano 8-7, Gaudin 0-0, Cotts 0-0, Howry 0-2, Marmol 1-0.
Batters faced: Olsen 26, Lindstrom 3, Nelson 5, Zambrano 28, Gaudin 2, Cotts 1, Howry 2, Marmol 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Cotts 2-0, Howry 3-1, Marmol 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Rob Drake.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
T: 2:45.
Att: 41,482.
July 24, 2008

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