Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 12
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Chi Cubs2
Game 2: Wednesday, April 14
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Game 3: Thursday, April 15
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Pirates 5

(4-5, 2-4 away)

Cubs 10

(5-4, 2-1 home)

    2:20 PM ET, April 15, 2004

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: C. Zambrano (1-0)

    L: J. Fogg (0-2)

    Zambrano recovers from slow start

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Barrett used to watch Chicago Cubs games as a kid and hope he'd someday be able to play at Wrigley Field.

    Never did he imagine a day quite like this, though.

    Barrett connected twice in the first multihomer gamer of his career Thursday, helping the Cubs beat up on Josh Fogg and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 10-5 victory.

    Barrett went 2-for-4, and the Cubs finished with 12 hits, including a season-high nine for extra bases.

    "I feel great right now," said Barrett, hitting .333 with a team-high nine RBI. "It's just hard for me to believe I'm a member of this team and we're off to a decent start and I've got the opportunity to play at Wrigley Field. I'm a little overwhelmed right now."

    Aramis Ramirez homered for a second straight day, and Moises Alou also hit a home run. Carlos Zambrano (1-0) settled down after a couple of early jams, scattering one run and six hits over six innings.

    Jack Wilson and Humberto Cota hit first-pitch solo homers in the ninth, but it wasn't enough to bail out Fogg.

    Fogg (0-2) has struggled to keep the ball in the park, giving up a team-high 28 homers in 2002 and 22 in his 26 starts last year. And if his first two starts are any indication, this year could be more of the same.

    He gave up two in his first start last Friday, and the Cubs took him deep four times in just four innings Thursday. He gave up nine runs and eight hits, and his ERA ballooned from 5.40 to 12.00.

    "I'm not the kind of guy that can afford to walk guys and then give up three-run home runs," Fogg said. "If I can keep those to solo home runs, we have a shot in that game. I was putting guys on before they were hitting them, and that's a cardinal sin in my book."

    The wind didn't help. With the wind blowing out at 14 mph, balls that wouldn't have a chance of going out on other days carried a couple of rows into the bleachers. But Fogg blamed himself, not the elements.

    "Zambrano pitched in the same park," Fogg said. "He did a better job of keeping the ball down."

    Ramirez started the barrage in the first, putting Fogg's 3-1 pitch into the shrubbery in center field for a three-run homer. It was Ramirez's third homer in two days against his old team, and his sixth since the Pirates traded him to the Cubs last July 22.

    "I see them like any other team," said Ramirez, who spent his first 5{ seasons with the Pirates. "I just try to go out there and hit the ball as hard as I can."

    Then it was Barrett's turn. He hit a two-run shot into the bushes in the second, and added a leadoff shot in the fourth to give Chicago a 9-1 lead. Alou had a three-run homer in the fourth.

    "If I give up four solo jacks, it's 5-4 and we're still in the game," Fogg said. "When you give up nine runs in the first four innings, it's going to be a long road back."

    The Cubs' offensive support took the pressure off Zambrano, who got off to a shaky start. He gave up a single Jason Kendall, a walk to Raul Mondesi and an RBI double to Rob Mackowiak in the first inning -- all with two outs. But he struck out Craig Wilson to get out of the jam, and walked off the mound pumping his fist and screaming.

    He got in another jam in the third inning when he hit Craig Wilson to load the bases. But he retired Chris Stynes and Jose Castillo to end the threat.

    "That was a big inning for him and a big inning for us because they were threatening," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He wasn't as sharp as he could be, but he did what he needed to do to shut them down."

    And once Zambrano got out of that third inning, he found his groove. He allowed only two more hits, and the Pirates never got in scoring position again while he was in the game.

    "We didn't get the hits today. I don't know why," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We still have three games left on this road trip before we get a day off. It's not a good day."

    Game notes


    Cota's homer was the first of his career. ... Jack Wilson's single in the seventh inning extended his hitting streak to eight games. ... A crowd of 39,450 turned out for the unseasonably warm day at Wrigley Field. Gametime temperature was 70 degrees, more than 10 degrees above normal.

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