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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Dugout Fight Spills Into Cubs' Clubhouse    Send a link to a friend

[June 02, 2007]  The Chicago Cubs' recent problems on the field turned into an ugly situation in the dugout that got even worse in the locker room. An 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves was the least of the Cubs' worries Friday. In the middle of fifth inning, Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett exchanged shoves and words in the dugout.

A few minutes later the two were going at it again in the clubhouse and Barrett came away with a split lip that needed treatment at a hospital.

"These things shouldn't happen," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Go fight the other team if you have to. Amongst yourselves? It happens, but it really shouldn't."

Piniella has seen plenty of other things that have bothered him from the Cubs, who have lost five straight and eight of 10.

"I only have so many players that I can play. You know?" he said during a postgame media session that escalated into shouting. "And it's about time some of them start playing like major leaguers! Or, get somebody else in here that can catch the damn ball or run the bases properly! All right? That's all I can say!"

Piniella, who left the interview room muttering a profanity along the way, said both players will be disciplined.

In other NL games on Friday, it was: Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 4; Washington 4, San Diego 3 in 10 innings; San Francisco 13, Philadelphia 0; Arizona 5, New York 1; Milwaukee 8, Florida 5; St. Louis 8, Houston 1; and Cincinnati 4, Colorado 2.

At Wrigley Field, Atlanta scored five runs in the top of the fifth to increase its lead to 7-1. Barrett had a passed ball and threw wildly to third for an error that let one score.

Zambrano (5-5) was seen pointing at his head and yelling at Barrett, who was pointing toward the field. There was shoving and some slaps.

Piniella and several players walked the pitcher back to the clubhouse. Piniella told Zambrano to take a shower and go home, then returned to the dugout.

Moments later, Piniella and others were heading into the tunnel.

"Michael went up there," Piniella said. "I was watching the game."

Zambrano (5-5), who was pitching on his 26th birthday, allowed a career-high 13 hits in five innings.

Kyle Davies (3-3) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for the Braves, who had a season-high 20 hits.

Dodgers 5, Pirates 4

Russell Martin homered for the third consecutive game for Los Angeles, which got a solid outing from its bullpen in winning for the seventh time in nine games.

Randy Wolf (7-3) won his fourth straight start although he allowed four runs over five innings. Chad Billingsley, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito combined for four scoreless innings. Saito got the final five outs for his 16th save in as many chances this season and 26th in a row overall.

Zach Duke (2-6) gave up eight hits and five runs in six innings for the Pirates, who lost their fifth in the last six home games and are 10-17 at PNC Park this season.

Nationals 4, Padres 3, 10 innings

At Washington, Dmitri Young and Cristian Guzman both had four hits for the Nationals, who won in the 10th on a run-scoring single by pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard.

Young, who had two RBIs, has hits in eight straight plate appearances over two games, matching the franchise record set by Montreal's Andre Dawson from June 4-7, 1983. Jon Rauch (3-1) got the victory with a scoreless 10th inning.

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San Diego catcher Josh Bard, who was suspended for three games Friday by the commissioner's office for "aggressive actions" and making contact with umpire Ed Rapuano in Pittsburgh on Thursday, played after appealing the disciplinary action. He had four hits, equaling his career high, and two RBIs.

Giants 13, Phillies 0

Matt Morris (6-2) allowed only a single over six innings and had a career-best three hits for San Francisco.

Fred Lewis hit his first career grand slam and Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz both hit three-run shots for the Giants. Barry Bonds was 1-for-2 with two walks and stayed stuck on 746 career homers, 10 shy of breaking Hank Aaron's record.

Shane Victorino's single with two outs in the sixth inning was the only hit off Morris, who struck out three, walked three and lowered his ERA to 2.66. Carlos Ruiz had Philadelphia's other hit, a single off Steve Kline in the eighth. The Phillies have lost four straight at home.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 1

Cy Young winner Brandon Webb allowed a makeshift New York four hits as Arizona won its eighth straight, the Diamondbacks' longest winning streak since 2003. Before Friday, Arizona had lost 15 of its last 18 games against the Mets and Webb (5-3) was 1-6 lifetime against New York.

Chris Snyder hit a two-run homer off John Maine (6-3) in the fifth and Stephen Drew added a three-run drive against reliever Guillermo Mota in the eighth at Shea Stadium.

New York third baseman David Wright (back spasms) and center fielder Carlos Beltran (bruised knee) joined disabled list outfielders Shawn Green (broken foot) and Moises Alou (strained quad) on the sidelines.

Brewers 8, Marlins 5

Rookie Ryan Braun had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs for Milwaukee and Kevin Mench had four RBIs.

Jeff Suppan (7-5) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. He had lost three of his previous four starts. Francisco Cordero got the final out for his major league-leading 20th save.

Scott Olsen (4-5) went 5 2-3 innings for the visiting Marlins, allowing five runs and eight hits.

Cardinals 8, Astros 1

Juan Encarnacion and Gary Bennett hit their first homers of the season on consecutive pitches in St. Louis' seven-run ninth inning. They homered off Chad Qualls (4-3) to make it 3-1. Bennett added a two-run double later in the inning that made it 8-1 as the visiting Cardinals won their third straight.

Ryan Franklin (2-0) allowed one hit and walked one in the eighth for the win.

Reds 4, Rockies 2

Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run No. 575 for Cincinnati and Bobby Livingston allowed seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for his first major league win.

Griffey's solo shot in the first off Taylor Buchholz (2-3) was his 12th of the season.

Livingston (1-0) was called up from Triple-A on Monday and was making his second career start. He gave up one unearned run and a walk at Coors Field. David Weathers pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 11th save.

[Text copied from Associated Press file]


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