CHICAGO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon's fastball was popping and after
seven innings of shutout ball and 97 pitches, he was pooped.
Once Colon departed and Damaso Marte relieved, the Cubs had just
the opening they needed.
Mark Grudzielanek raced home from first on Ramon Martinez's
double to tie the game and Corey Patterson followed with a go-ahead
single in the eighth as the Cubs rallied Sunday to beat the White
"Colon was dealing today. He was popping it at 96 and 97 and he
had it going,'' Grudzielanek said "He was very tough. We were just
fortunate to come out with a win.''
Tied for the major league lead with five complete games, Colon
had allowed just three hits in seven strong innings and had a 1-0
But after coming out to warm up in the bottom of the eighth, he
was suddenly replaced by Marte (2-1).
"He had a pitch count pretty good up there and he was a little
fatigued,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.
Colon told pitching coach Don Cooper to have the bullpen ready.
"When a guy says `have somebody ready' versus `I'm going to
finish this thing,' you got to make a decision,'' Manuel said.
The Cubs averted three-game sweep by their crosstown rivals and
also ended their longest losing streak of the season at three
games. They meet the White Sox again next week at U.S. Cellular
The happiest person in Wrigley Field on Sunday was Cubs
third-base coach Wendell Kim. On Saturday, Kim mistakenly sent
Damian Miller home with no outs and he was tagged out easily after
a great relay throw from Jose Valentin, crushing a Cubs rally in a
This time, Kim waved Grudzielanek home and he beat a throw from
Valentin with a great headfirst slide around Miguel Olivo.
"I had to take a chance,'' Kim said, fighting back tears.
"Flash back to what happened the day before and I was like, 'Oh
my God, I've got to get there,''' Grudzielanek said.
"I saw him waving me and I tried to turn it in. I saw (the
catcher) give the back part of the plate up, so I figured the throw
was going to be up the line a little bit. The plate was open and I
got my hand in there.''
Martinez raced to third on the play and scored on Patterson's
single over a drawn-infield.
"Marte went out there trying to get the job done and he
couldn't,'' Colon said with first-base coach Rafael Santana
translating. "That's part of the game.''
The White Sox jumped out to a 6-0 lead and won Friday's series
opener 12-3. They had a 7-0 lead Saturday before hanging on for a
7-6 win. And with Colon in control, they appeared on a way to their
first three-game sweep over the Cubs since 1999.
Colon walked four and struck out five, including Sammy Sosa with two on in the third when his fastball actually revved up to 98 mph.
Winner Carlos Zambrano (6-6) gave up just six hits and a run in
Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.
The White Sox manufactured a run NL-style in the sixth as
Valentin doubled off the wall, moved to third on Joe Crede's
grounder to first and scored on Olivo's sacrifice fly.
The only hit the Cubs managed in the first four innings was
Ramon Martinez's bloop single in the third that just went over the
outstretched glove of a tumbling first baseman Frank Thomas.
Eric Karros hit a hard hopper in the seventh that bounced off
Crede at third base for the Cubs' second hit and Lenny Harris
followed with an infield single on a grounder to the hole that
Valentin couldn't come up with.
But D'Angelo Jimenez grabbed Damian Miller's grounder, stepped
on the bag and threw to second for the inning-ending double play.
The White Sox stranded eight runners through the first five
Zambrano fanned Colon with the bases loaded to end the second,
retired Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee with two on and one out in
the third and got Lee on a third strike to end the fifth with
runners at first and second.
Among the pregame visitors to the Cubs dugout and clubhouse
were Chicago native Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings and
Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt, former coach of the Bears. ...
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich led the singing during the