CHICAGO (AP) -
left his Cubs debut to a standing ovation with Chicago ahead by seven runs. The game, however, was far from over.
Harden struck out 10 for the Cubs, who gave up two runs in the eighth and then blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning before
San Francisco Giants
8-7 Saturday on
's single in the 11th.
''It's a shame. Harden pitched really, really well, but the game got away from us a little bit in the eighth and ninth,''
said. ''It's a win, what can I say?''
homered and drove in four runs early for the Cubs, who led 7-0 after four innings and held on to win for the fifth time in
six games. The Giants have lost six straight.
''It's disheartening to lose that way when you make a comeback like that,'' said Giants pitcher
, who took the loss.
singled off Wilson (0-2) to start the bottom of the 11th.
then walked, and Marshall was forced out on
's bunt attempt. Johnson then laced a hit to right and DeRosa slid into home just ahead of
Burriss came in the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth and had never played outfielder in his professional career. His throw
was perfect and Giants catcher
thought he tagged DeRosa for the out.
''I thought he slid right on top of my mitt,'' Molina said. ''What can you do now? The umpire thought he saw something that
I didn't see.''
''A beautiful slide by DeRosa,'' was how Piniella saw it.
''We kind of created that situation,'' Giants manager
said. ''Marshall got a big hit for them, then walking a guy put us in a tough situation.''
put the Cubs in bad situation as well. The talented, but continually erratic reliever was staked to a 7-2 lead in the ninth
and imploded, giving up five runs - four earned - and five hits in one inning. He didn't talk to the media after the game.
''He won't pitch tomorrow,'' Piniella said. ''We'll give him a good breather between now and next Friday. He can come back
with a nice, fresh arm.''
Piniella won't have
in Sunday's first-half finale either, and likely not in the All-Star Game next Tuesday. The Cubs closer, who pitched Friday,
has been bothered by a blister on his right index finger. He was unavailable Saturday.
With Wood scratched, Piniella turned to Marshall (2-2), who pitched two perfect innings for the win. Marshall was shifted
back to the bullpen when Harden arrived. Some thought Marshall was heading back to the minors to keep starting.
''I was glad to get in there today,'' Marshall said. ''It was a fun win. You can't beat a win in walk-off fashion like that.''
The Cubs led 7-5 with two outs and the bases loaded when pinch-hitter
hit a grounder wide of
at shortstop. Theriot threw wildly off his back to force the runner at second, and the ball sailed into right field, allowing
the tying run to score.
Theriot said he was trying to make a spectacular play.
''You want to try and make a great play for him in a situation like that,'' Theriot said. ''Looking back on it, it wasn't
a great play, but if you make a good throw, you never know.''
Piniella disagreed with that kind of reasoning.
''The great play there is preventing two runs from scoring,'' Piniella said. ''Eat the ball and hope the pitcher gets out
the next hitter.''
Harden, acquired from the Oakland A's in a six-player deal Tuesday, easily spotted his fastball against the weak-hitting Giants,
cranking it up to 98 mph when he struck out Aurilia to end the fourth. Harden didn't allow a run and gave up five hits and
walked three in 5 1-3 innings.
His velocity has been up and down this year.
''Some people were concerned,'' Harden said. ''But I tried telling people that wasn't an issue. You have games where you're
up and down. As long as I'm throwing strikes, I'm not worried.''
In five career starts against the Giants, Harden is 2-0 with an 0.68 ERA. In two starts this season against San Francisco,
he has 19 strikeouts in 11 1-3 scoreless innings.
Harden left with two on in the sixth to a rousing standing ovation from the crowd of 41,555.
''It's a pretty cool feeling,'' he said. ''I've never had anything like that before, pitching in Oakland.''
Theriot had three hits for the Cubs to extend his hitting streak to nine games for Chicago. It was his 37th multi-hit game
avoided losing his fifth straight decision. He gave up seven runs and nine hits with four walks in 3 2-3 innings.
Notes: Cubs LHP
(strained left groin) pitched a rehab inning for Class A Peoria on Friday and will throw again Sunday. ... Giants OF
didn't start because of a right knee contusion, but pinch-hit in the eighth. He hurt his knee in the first inning Friday.
... Giants SS
made his major league debut in the sixth, coming in on a double-switch. He doubled and scored in the ninth. ... Before the
game, the Cubs collected signed memorabilia to give to a 7-year-old boy who was struck in the head by
's foul ball Thursday. The boy, Dominic DiAngi, fractured his skull and is recovering, but was in serious condition at a local
hospital. Lilly said he was going to try and visit him Saturday. ... Piniella found out about the death of his old teammate
after the game. ''It's a sad day,'' he said. ''Just a wonderful person, a great teammate and a heck of a baseball player.
... I thought he was getting better and I know the past week or 10 days, he's been struggling.''