Zambrano combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and Lee,
who has the best batting average in the majors, had three more hits
to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over San Diego on Sunday, their ninth
win in 10 games.
The Cubs took three of four from the NL West-leading Padres --
including two shutouts -- and went 6-1 on a swing through Los
Angeles and San Diego.
"Without a doubt, with all the adversity we had, I think people
expected us to go the other way," Lee said. "We haven't. We've
kept our heads up and we've been playing great baseball."
Lee went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run, raising his
average to .385. Neifi Perez also went 3-for-5, extending his
hitting streak to 14 games, and scored twice.
Lee had 16 hits on the seven-game trip and Perez had 14.
"Just keep it coming," manager Dusty Baker said.
"The key was for us to start swinging the bats," Lee said.
"We weren't scoring runs. Now we're getting the pitchers the lead
and they're holding it. That's good baseball."
The Padres fell to 1-4 in June after going 22-6 in May, a club
record for wins in a month.
"We have to get back on track," manager Bruce Bochy said after
the Padres lost a home series for the first time this season. "We
need to win some ballgames."
Zambrano (4-3) pitched out of two jams and didn't allow an
earned run for the third time in four starts. He allowed just three
singles in seven innings, struck out seven and walked four. Will
Ohman allowed a single in the eighth and Ryan Dempster pitched the
In his last start, Zambrano and two relievers combined on a
one-hitter, but he didn't get the decision in a 2-1 win in 10
innings at Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The Padres got runners to second and third with one out in the
sixth, but Zambrano escaped trouble. Dave Roberts and Sean
Burroughs opened with singles and advanced on Brian Giles'
groundout to first. Zambrano then struck out Phil Nevin and got
Ramon Hernandez to ground to shortstop.
Zambrano walked the first three batters in the first, but also
got out of it unscathed.
Roberts drew a leadoff walk but was thrown out at second when
Burroughs failed to execute a hit-and-run. Burroughs and Giles
walked, but Zambrano retired Nevin on a popup and struck out
Zambrano said it took him a while to get into the game mentally,
plus a bit of a threat from catcher Henry Blanco.
"Henry, he just told me if I don't throw a strike or anything
like that, he will slap me. He told me I have to be more
aggressive, and I looked like I was too calm out there."
Said Burnitz: "Zambrano's a beauty. He's such an intense guy.
If he's not in the zone, he gets so mad at himself. His stuff is so
dominating that when he's in the zone, he doesn't really get hit."
Manager Bruce Bochy planned to limit Williams' pitches, and the
right-hander came out after throwing 88 through five innings. He
allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out one.
Williams gave up Patterson's two-out double in the fourth that
scored Burnitz. With one out, Burnitz lifted a flyball to
right-center, and started into a home run trot before seeing the
ball hit off the base of the fence. When Burnitz pulled into
second, he acted surprised that the ball didn't go out.
Lee hit a leadoff double to left-center opening the sixth off
Chris Hammond and scored on Burnitz's single for a 2-0 lead.
The Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the seventh on Ramirez's
bases-loaded infield single to shortstop Khalil Greene, who had a
Several Padres still have upper respiratory infections. LF
Ryan Klesko missed his second straight start. RF Brian Giles was
still sick, but started. ... Peavy is scheduled to start Wednesday
at home against Cleveland. ... The Cubs return home for a nine-game
homestand that includes the first-ever regular-season matchup with
the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs and Red Sox played in the 1918 World
Series, which Boston won in six games.