Ward Double Clinches Cubbies' Sweep

Chicago avenges series loss to Arizona in last year's playoffs
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 6:09 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs closer Kerry Wood, right, celebrates with catcher Geovany Soto, after the Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 in a baseball game on Sunday, May 11, 2008 in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Pinch-hitter Daryle Ward delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied again to beat Arizona 6-4 Sunday after the anticipated showdown between Carlos Zambrano and Randy Johnson got wiped out. Carlos Marmol (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth and Kerry Wood pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save and finish off Chicago's three-game sweep.

Heavy rain and temperatures in the mid-40s delayed the start of the game by 58 minutes, and Zambrano and Johnson were spectators when it finally began. By the time the game ended, the Cubs had used another late rally against the bullpen to beat Arizona, the team that swept them in the playoffs last year.