Zambrano gave up just one run in a career-high eight innings and Troy O'Leary belted a three-run homer as the
rolled to a 6-1 victory over the
Wood and Prior have combined to go 9-2 for the Cubs this season and are two of the best young pitchers in the National League. Zambrano is beginning to emerge as another dominant starter for Chicago.
"He was almost lights out, that's about as good as it gets," Milwaukee manager
said. "He's right in there with all of them: Wood, Prior, they're very good."
Zambrano (4-3) gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He already has matched his career high for victories in a season.
"When I have my sinker and that kind of control, I feel perfect," he said. "Early on I said to myself 'This is my game, I can't lose it.'"
"He had some electric stuff tonight," Cubs manager
said. "Really good control of the strike zone. He's getting better. He's a real horse, very competitive, he wants to win. He was really fun to watch tonight."
The Cubs scored twice in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by
's RBI double. O'Leary, a former Brewer, sealed the game with his second home run of the season, driving an 0-1 pitch from Milwaukee starter
(2-3) over the right field wall.
O'Leary is seeing increased playing time due to the absence of injured star
and is 5-for-18 with two homers and six RBI in his last four games.
"I'm just trying to get my knocks in so when Sammy comes back, hopefully Dusty can call on me more often," O'Leary said.
"He can hit," Baker said. "He's a starter who happens to not be starting."
Chicago extended its winning streak to three games and has won consecutive road series for the first time since July 2001.
"We're still in the process of getting better," Baker said. "We're good but we're searching for great."
Kinney struck out the first four batters he faced and finished with seven. He gave up six runs and eight hits and left after allowing an RBI double to
Hee Seop Choi
with two outs in the eighth.
"It's frustrating, but what can you do," Kinney said. "I made mistakes you can't make when the other guy is throwing the way (Zambrano) did. I felt great, had good stuff, it's just that the results aren't what you want."
to open the first inning, Zambrano retired nine consecutive batters before allowing a bunt single to
with one out in the fourth.
- the major league leader in homers - to bounce into a double play. Sexson was the first of 10 straight batters retired by Zambrano, who struck out the side in the seventh.
"That's the best I've had him," Bako said of Zambrano. "His sinker was basically unhittable."