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The slumping Fukudome then came to the plate, hearing some boos thanks to his .145 average in August, and took two balls from Steven Shell before sending his ninth homer to the bleachers in right. Fukudome watched video of himself with manager Lou Piniella before the game, though neither talked to the media.
Carlos Marmol loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but struck out Cristian Guzman looking with a slider.
Notes: Cubs 1B Derrek Lee sat with upper back spasms after aggravating a lingering injury. Lee said he suffers occasional spasms in his neck and the left side of his upper back, but it rarely causes him to miss time. Daryle Ward started at first base for Lee for only the third time this season. ... Soto tied Randy Hundley for most home runs by a Cubs rookie catcher. ... DeRosa improved his career-high home run total. ... Harden struck out 11 against Philadelphia on June 26.
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