ATLANTA (AP) -- Chicago's Rich Hill matched his career high with
11 strikeouts, giving up three hits in eight innings tonight to
lead the Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 2-to-1.
Chicago won for the fourth time in five games, a streak that
began a day after manager Lou Piniella's theatrical argument during
Saturday's game against Atlanta at Wrigley Field, which led to his
ejection and suspension.
Chicago began a seven-game trip by winning two of three at
Milwaukee. Piniella had watched his team from the press-box level
while serving his penalty.
Hill (5-4) beat the Braves for the second time this season and
improved to 3-and-Oh in his career against Atlanta. Ryan Dempster
pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 tries.
Chuck James (5-5) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks for
the Braves, who have lost three straight and five of six.
Andruw Jones led off the second inning with his 10th homer, a
fly ball that barely cleared the right-field wall near the foul
pole. Jones was stranded at third base after his fourth-inning
single. Atlanta's only other hit off Hill was a two-out single in
the seventh by Matt Diaz.
Alfonso Soriano led off the game with a triple over Jeff
Francoeur at the right-field wall and scored when Felix Pie's
grounder bounced off James' leg into left field for an RBI single.
Chicago made it two-nothing lead in the second when Ryan Theriot
beat out an infield hit, moved to third on a hit-and-run single by
Cesar Izturis, and scored on Soriano's two-out single.