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Leading 5-2 in the sixth, Billingsley got more insurance when Loney led off with a triple and scored on Reed Johnson's double. Johnson scored after second baseman Ryan Theriot made an errant throw to the plate on Furcal's soft bouncer.
Nady homered in the sixth off Billingsley.
Leading 7-3 in the seventh, the Cubs cut into the lead thanks to Ramirez's lackadaisical outfield play. After Derrek Lee singled, Alfonso Soriano hit what looked to be a catchable ball in left, but Ramirez nonchalantly jogged in and was not able to get in position to catch it. Ramirez then had trouble picking up the ball allowing Lee to third and Soriano to second. One out later, pinch-hitter Jeff Baker hit a deep fly to the left-field warning-track, again, Ramirez took his time getting to the a ball and Baker ended up with a two-run triple.
Blake hit his seventh homer in the ninth off reliever James Russell to make it 8-5.
NOTES: Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano will be available for relief duty on Thursday against the Dodgers and over the weekend during the three-game series against St. Louis. Zambrano is expected to start in one of three games against Pittsburgh next week. ... Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a bruised left thumb. ... Dodgers manager Joe Torre isn't sure if OF Andre Ethier will be back in the lineup Sunday when he is eligible to return. Torre said Ethier may play a rehab game or two before returning to major league action. ... It was the first delay because of power failure at Wrigley since 2003. The Cubs had two games delayed due to power failures that year.
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