Streaks End in Cubs Win

Derrek Lee's 18-game hitting streak is over. More importantly, so is the Cubs' seven-game losing skid.

Carlos Zambrano got the Cubs' starting rotation its first complete game of the season en route to beating the Phillies 2-1 at Wrigley Field Sunday.

Zambrano (3-1) went the distance allowing a Bobby Abreu solo home run, one of five Phillies hits in the game. He struck out five, walked three and threw 136 pitches.

With Zambrano running out of gas in the ninth, Ryan Dempster was loosening up in the Cub bullpen. Dempster was scheduled to start Monday's series opener against the Mets at Wrigley, but has recently been rumored to move into a relief role.

Neifi Perez and Aramis Ramirez provided all of the Cubs' scoring with solo home runs in the fourth inning. Perez was hitless in his last 17 at-bats before launching his fourth homer of the year, a shot to right off Phillies starter Brett Myers. Ramirez soon followed with his sixth homer of the season to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Myers (2-2), too, threw a complete game in eight innings. He gave up the two homers, but otherwise scattered just three additional hits to go with 10 strikeouts.

The Cubs (13-17) improved to 46-61-2 all-time on Mother's Day and just 3-14 since 1989. They are now 7-7 at home this season. Lee finished 0-for-3 in the game. He was 30 for 66 in the 18 consecutive games he hit safely in. Game one of the three-game Mets series is a night game starting at 7:05 CDT.

(Information from the Cubs' media relations department was used in this story.)


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