MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs came through with two outs.
Jacque Jones and John Mabry each hit two-out, two-run homers in
the first inning, and Jones made a leaping-bases loaded catch to
end the sixth in the Cubs' 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers
on Tuesday night.
The Cubs scored all of their runs with two outs.
"We're just playing better as a team in those situations,"
Jones said. "Before, we weren't getting guys in, getting guys over
and doing the job. It seems like guys are starting to relax a
little bit more and letting the game come to us."
In the first game of a nine-game trip following an 8-3
homestand, the Cubs gave starter Carlos Marmol (5-5) all the runs
he needed before he took the mound.
"I think that was huge for Carlos today to get that run support
early," Cubs catcher Michael Barrett said. "That way, he could
settle a little bit and pitch."
Ryan Dempster saved his 22nd game in 27 chances, dropping the
Brewers a season-high eight games below .500.
"It's all about having good innings," Brewers shortstop Bill
Hall said. "Unfortunately, right now it's just not happening for
"It was a split instinct thing," Gross said. "It could've
been a huge out for us, but I don't know if I could've had it."
Jones hit his 18th homer an estimated 442-foot drive over the
Brewers bullpen, for a 3-0 lead.
"I was able to sit back and put a good swing on it," Jones
said. "Everything felt good."
Matt Murton singled and Mabry, who had gone hitless in his
previous nine at-bats, lined a pitch just over the wall in the
right-field corner to make it 5-0.
Marmol allowed leadoff home runs in the second to Hall and the
third to Gross. But Barrett added a two-out RBI double to give the
Cubs a 6-2 lead and help chase Ohka, who gave up six runs and eight
hits in four innings.
"When he's on, he's on, but when he's not he tends to
struggle," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He made some
Marmol, who allowed four hits and four walks, bounced back from
one of his worst starts this season and showed his speed as a
former minor league outfielder when he legged out a double leading
off the sixth.
But Marmol never sat in the inning after being stranded and
didn't make it through the bottom of the sixth, when he walked two
and left with one out.
Michael Wuertz loaded the bases with a walk to David Bell and
struck out Damian Miller, but pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo lined a
pitch just off Wuertz's glove, and the ball died in the infield as
Kevin Mench scored and cut the lead to 6-3.
"I thought the wall was coming up on me," Jones said. "I was
just trying to go back and get the ball at a key time of the
Barrett said Jones' play made the difference
"The momentum almost shifted and it was real close to the game
taking a serious turn," Barrett said. "We were lucky to give up
just one run in that situation."
Dempster has converted 10 consecutive save chances. ... The
Cubs have scored in the first or second inning in nine of the last
12 games. ... The Brewers have a 10-game errorless streak, their
longest since 1983. ... Brewers 3B Corey Koskie saw Dr. Michael
Collins, who also treated Giants C Mike Matheny, for his
post-concussion symptoms after banging his head on July 5. There is
no timetable for Koskie's return.