Zambrano, Cubs Tame Sox

CHICAGO - Carlos Zambrano avoided disaster in the first inning when an apparent grand slam by Ross Gload was overturned, then settled in to allow just two hits in the next five-plus innings as the Chicago Cubs topped the cross-town rival White Sox Friday, 6-2. Zambrano (9-3) would still give up a two-run double to Gload even after the call was reversed, but allowed just one hit afterward.

After first base umpire Charlie Relaford signaled Gload's smash fair down the right field line, both Sammy Sosa and Cubs manager Dusty Baker immediately began to protest. Relaford and his crew would confer, and the call was soon reversed. Afterward, Gload doubled to score Timo Perez and Juan Uribe but it could have been a lot worse for the 23-year-old Zambrano.

Sosa added a two-run single off Sox starter Esteban Loaiza in the third after Corey Patterson smashed a ground rule double to deep center, putting runners in scoring position with nobody out. Patterson then scored on Sosa's single courtesy of a hard takeout slide at home plate with Sox catcher Jamie Burke.

An inning later, Michael Barrett doubled and scored on a sac fly by Zambrano, and in the sixth, Aramis Ramirez walked and Derrek Lee singled to lead off the inning, allowing Barrett to drive in a run on a sac fly of his own to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead.

Ramirez scored the Cubs' first run back in the second when Gload dropped a fly ball from Lee in right that would have been the second out of the inning for the Sox. Mark Grudzielanek added an RBI single in the eighth off left-hander Jon Adkins to cap off the Cubs' scoring.

Loaiza (8-4) went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits to snap a four-game winning streak. Zambrano went 6 1/3, striking out four.

The Cubs survived a couple of scary moments in the sixth and seventh innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Ramirez suffered a strained groin following a hard slide into third base on a single to left from Lee. Then after Zambrano got third baseman Joe Crede to fly out in the top of the seventh, the right-hander complained of a cramp in his right forearm and was quickly removed.

LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Ben Davis to give the Cubs their third victory in four games since losing two of three to the Sox last weekend at U.S. Cellular Field. Davis was acquired last Sunday in the deal that sent Freddy Garcia to the South side for Miguel Olivo and minor leaguers Jeremy Reed and Michael Morse.

NOTES: Before the game, the Cubs sent LHP Jimmy Anderson to the Red Sox for minor league pitcher Andrew Shipman and a player to be named. Shipman was 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 13 saves for Boston's Class High-A affiliate in 22 games this season. Neither injury to Zambrano or Ramirez is considered serious. Ramirez is listed as day-to-day. Zambrano is not expected to miss a start.

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