Cubs 3, Braves 0

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rich Hill allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and Michael Barrett and Aramis Ramirez backed him with solo homers tonight as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 3 to nothing.

Chicago, which had lost two straight and seven of nine, had a third straight masterful start from Hill, who improved to 3 and 0. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three, lowering his ERA to 0.41, best in the majors.

Ryan Dempster earned his third save with a perfect ninth.

The Braves fell into second place in the National League East by a half game, swapping places with the Mets. New York defeated Florida 11 to 3.

Atlanta starts a three-game series in New York tomorrow night.

With one out in the eighth, Hill stumbled on the front end of his delivery, sailing the ball far over Kelly Johnson's head.

Johnson walked on the next pitch, but Hill struck out Edgar Renteria and retired Chipper Jones on a hard grounder to end the inning.

Barrett's second homer gave the Cubs a 1-nothing lead in the fourth off Mark Redman, who fell to 0 and 3.

Ramirez made it 2-nothing with his second homer in the sixth. Chicago took a 3-nothing lead in the eighth on Mark DeRosa's RBI double.

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7121681 - wrdw.com/a?a=7121681
Gray Television, Inc.