to injuries. They blew an early six-run lead, and a three-run lead one strike from victory. They ran out of players and had
changing positions after each batter in the final inning.
Yet they won.
led off the 10th with a home run Saturday night, and the Cubs beat the relentless but hapless
''It was crazy,'' Lee said. ''Back and forth.''
Florida staged an impressive comeback in the ninth but left 14 runners on base, committed three errors and allowed three unearned
The Cubs weren't exactly sharp themselves. They also stranded 14, struck out 14 times and gave up nine walks.
''We won,'' manager
said. ''How do you explain that?''
Zambrano was given a 6-0 lead but struggled with his control and left the game because of a stiff back after throwing 62 pitches.
The right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first, later hit
with a pitch and allowed two runs before departing.
''It's nothing to worry about,'' Zambrano said. ''It's just a tight back. I'll just have to treat it and get ready for my
Florida's Ramirez, who leads the NL with a .343 average, left in the third with a bruised left leg.
drove in three runs before departing in the 10th after he was hit in the left forearm by a pitch.
Neither injury was believed to be serious.
had an 8-5 lead in the ninth and retired the first two batters before
connected on a 2-2 pitch for his first career pinch-hit homer.
and Marlins newcomer
's triple tied the score.
Gregg (4-2) retired
on an inning-ending groundout, and the Cubs quickly regained the lead when Lee hit his 21st homer off
earned his first save this year with a perfect 10th to complete the 4-hour, 11-minute marathon.
''One of the craziest games I've ever been involved in,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Both teams used all of their position players. Outfielder Soriano was forced to fill in as an emergency infielder in the 10th,
when Piniella moved him from second base to third and back to second to reduce the chance the ball would be hit to him.
''They'll think the manager got drunk,'' Piniella said.
''Thank God they didn't hit me a groundball,'' Soriano said, ''because I didn't know what was going to happen.''
The Marlins twice left the bases loaded, the second time when they trailed 6-5 in the eighth against
Marmol walked two batters and hit another, then fell behind
2-0. The right-hander came back with three consecutive strikes to strike out Uggla looking, then struck out
Marmol celebrated his escape with a fist pump and screamed along with the many Cubs fans in the crowd of 35,811.
''I don't know how Marmol got out of the eighth,'' Piniella said. ''But he did.''
Johnson, making his Marlins debut at first base after being acquired from Washington, reached base five times and doubled
home a run. Hermida had two run-scoring singles.
Cantu, who moved to third to make room for Johnson, committed two throwing errors. The second misfire led to two unearned
runs in the ninth, which scored on
''I messed the plays up,'' Cantu said. ''I can't do that.''
, making only his second start this year, lasted only 1 2-3 innings for Florida. He walked four and gave up six runs, five
Zambrano needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning. After walking three, he escaped when Lee made a lunging backhanded
stop at first base to retire Hermida for the third out.
NOTES: Piniella said LHP
(shoulder) may be ready for a rehabilitation start as early as Aug. 14 and could rejoin the rotation after that. ...
started his 22nd consecutive game. That's the longest streak for a Cubs catcher since
started 25 in a row in 1989. ... The Cubs led the NL in July with 36 homers.