Although he is barely over .500 for his career, Zambrano (2-3) improved to 5-0 in nine lifetime appearances against the National League. He was dominant in his first interleague start Wednesday, striking out a career-high eight.
Zambrano surrendered just three hits and two walks, throwing 72 of 114 pitches for strikes.
"We sent him out (to the minors) earlier in the year to see if we could get him straightened out," Tampa Bay manager
said. "Now he's relaxing and throwing the ball the way we thought he could in spring training."
Huff had three singles and a double and rookie
had three hits and scored twice for the
, who won for just the fourth time in 14 games.
(5-5) has lost consecutive starts after winning four straight decisions. He allowed five runs - four earned - and eight hits in seven innings.
"He threw the ball well," Chicago manager
said. "But we didn't hit for him. We didn't figure out Zambrano very well."
, who was ejected for corking his bat in Tuesday's series opener, went 1-for-4 with a single. He struck out three times against Zambrano.
"To be honest, I don't think about Sosa," Zambrano said. "I was just throwing all four of my pitches and it was no big difference for me."
Despite the controversy, which certainly will lead to a suspension, Sosa was given a standing ovation by the sellout crowd at Wrigley Field in his first at-bat.
"It was great," Sosa said. "It's great they support me and they know I'm an innocent person. When I ran to right field, they cheered for me, and that makes me happy. That's something I won't forget."
Tampa Bay jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after
doubled and scored when catcher
made a throwing error on Huff's infield single.
"I got four hits, but they weren't pretty and I didn't drive anything," Huff said. "I just put the bat on the ball and you get lucky sometimes."
Baldelli opened the third with a single and scored on a double by Huff for a 2-0 edge. Estes issued consecutive walks with one out to load the bases and
singled to plate Huff and
, giving the
a 4-0 cushion.
Zambrano retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before
doubled to open the fourth. After
and Sosa struck out,
singled to plate Gonzalez for Chicago's only run off Zambrano.
The 27-year-old righthander did not allow a hit thereafter. He retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced, giving up only a walk to
with two outs in the seventh.
pitched a perfect eighth and
surrendered one run and two hits in the ninth before securing the win.