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Cubs 7, Mets 1
Aramis Ramirez connects on his fifth home run of the season. (Brian Kersey/AP)
After scoring 13 runs in two straight wins, it looked as if Aramis Ramirez's two-run homer would be just enough to edge the Mets. But the Cubs erupted for five runs in the eighth inning, capped by Felix Pie's three-run blast, to erase any doubt. Carlos Zambrano shined through seven.
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Series at a glance:
NYM
NY Mets (10-8)
Lost 2
Chi Cubs 7, NY Mets 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (13-6)
Won 4
April 21, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Mets
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 2
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 X   7 8 0
Standings thru 4/21/08  |  Recap: NYM | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Mets stats  |  Cubs stats
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reyes, SS4010001.296
Castillo, 2B3010101.232
Wright, 3B3000112.343
Beltran, CF4000003.222
Delgado, 1B3010000.206
Church, RF3010001.338
Casanova, C3000022.200
Chavez, LF3110000.188
Maine, P1000010.000
  Sanchez, P0000000.000
  a-Anderson, PH1000010.067
  Heilman, P0000000.000
  Sosa, P0000000.000
Totals281502510 

a-Struck out for Sanchez in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Chavez (1, Zambrano).
TB: Reyes; Castillo; Delgado; Church; Chavez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltran 2.
S: Maine.
GIDP: Wright; Casanova; Reyes.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Castillo (4, 2nd base off Zambrano/Soto).
CS: Church (1, 2nd base by Zambrano/Soto).

FIELDING
E: Wright (4, fielding), Reyes (2, fielding).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Johnson, CF-LF4010001.346
Fontenot, 2B3000112.206
  Marmol, P0000000.000
  Wood, P0000000.000
Lee, 1B4210001.358
Ramirez, 3B2212100.282
Fukudome, RF4120001.328
DeRosa, LF-2B4010025.313
Soto, C4000026.306
Cedeno, SS4112001.333
Zambrano, P2000020.214
  a-Ward, PH1000001.077
  Pie, CF1113000.172
Totals337872718 

a-Grounded out for Zambrano in the 7th.

BATTING
HR: Ramirez (5, 4th inning off Maine, 1 on, 0 out), Pie (1, 8th inning off Sosa, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Johnson; Lee; Ramirez 4; Fukudome 2; DeRosa; Cedeno; Pie 4.
RBI: Ramirez 2 (13), Cedeno 2 (8), Pie 3 (5).
2-out RBI: Cedeno 2; Pie 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Soto; Fontenot.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
CS: Johnson (2, 2nd base by Maine/Casanova).

FIELDING
DP: 4 (Ramirez-Fontenot-Lee, Fontenot-Lee-Cedeno, Cedeno-Lee, Soto-Cedeno).

 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Maine (L, 1-2)6.05222613.57
Sanchez 1.00000000.00
Heilman 0.22400104.97
Sosa 0.11110015.25
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 3-1)7.05112402.67
Marmol (H, 6)1.00000102.02
Wood 1.00000003.27

WP: Maine.
HBP: Johnson (by Maine), Ramirez (by Heilman).
Pitches-strikes: Maine 109-64, Sanchez 17-12, Heilman 30-23, Sosa 10-5, Zambrano 101-61, Marmol 9-7, Wood 6-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maine 6-5, Sanchez 3-0, Heilman 0-1, Sosa 1-0, Zambrano 14-3, Marmol 0-2, Wood 1-2.
Batters faced: Maine 25, Sanchez 4, Heilman 6, Sosa 2, Zambrano 25, Marmol 3, Wood 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sosa 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Eric Cooper. 2B: Marty Foster. 3B: Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 2:45.
Att: 40,582.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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