One-hit!

After over four hours of grueling extra innings baseball at Wrigley Field on Friday, it took Carlos Zambrano and company only 2 hours and 8 minutes to one-hit the Milwaukee Brewers in a 4-0 shutout Saturday.

Zambrano (1-0) went 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit (a Russell Branyan single to right in the second inning) while striking out six and walking two. He retired 10 straight at one point and even played a hand in the Cubs' scoring, singling home Jeromy Burnitz in the second inning for the game's first run.

Burnitz, who turns 36 Friday, would later add some insurance in the sixth inning, courtesy of his first home run in a Cubs uniform. He launched a 1-0 pitch from Brewers starter Ben Sheets out to center field that extended the Cubs' lead to 2-0.

Another single from Zambrano in the seventh, followed by one from Corey Patterson, set the stage for a two-run double to deep right by Todd Walker thus bringing the score to 4-0. Zambrano left the game with one away in the eighth after walking catcher Chad Moeller. (Last season at Coors Field in Colorado, Zambrano threw a complete game, two-hit shutout.)

Chad Fox then came on in relief and got J.J. Hardy to bounce into an inning-ending double play, and one day after blowing his first save of the season, LaTroy Hawkins worked a perfect ninth inning in relief.

Sheets (1-1) went seven innings, giving up all four runs on eight hits. He managed five strikeouts and two walks.

The series finale is set for 1:20 p.m. (CDT) Sunday with Greg Maddux (0-1, 9.00) facing Victor Santos (NR).


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