CHICAGO – Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied against Florida’s bullpen for a 6-3 victory over the Marlins on Monday night.
Carlos Zambrano matched a career high with 12 strikeouts but remained winless in five starts this season because Chicago couldn’t muster any offense until he was out of the game.
Trailing 3-0 after getting just one hit off lefty Jason Vargas in the first 6 1-3 innings, the Cubs broke through in the eighth against relievers Matt Herges and Josh Johnson (1-2).
Aramis Ramirez then hit a chopper to third, but Marlins catcher Matt Treanor couldn’t hold onto Miguel Cabrera’s low throw as Pierre scored on the fielder’s choice to make it 3-1.
Phillies 6, Rockies 5
PHILADELPHIA – Cory Lidle struck out 10 and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were instant hits in their new spots in Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel’s latest batting order. Manuel moved Utley from the fourth or fifth spots to second and batted Howard, their best power threat, fifth.
Lidle (2-2) was the biggest beneficiary of the lineup swap, getting the most run support he had in four starts this season.
He made it stand up, falling one strikeout shy of matching his career high and scattering six hits before he was chased with a 6-3 lead and two runners on and two outs in the seventh.
Reds 4, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON – Elizardo Ramirez pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first major league win and the Cincinnati Reds rode some early offense to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Washington fell to 1-5 at home this season, and the announced crowd of 19,264 was the smallest at 46,382-capacity RFK Stadium since baseball returned to the capital, eclipsing Sunday night’s previous low of 21,569.
The 23-year-old Ramirez (1-0) was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his first appearance for the Reds since a spot start on July 4, 2005.
Throwing mostly in the high 80s and low 90s, the right-hander allowed two runs and six hits, five singles, in seven-plus innings.
He walked one and even got his first big league hit.