Zambrano Throws No-Hitter as Cubs Beat Astros 5-0

Cubs first in 36 years; game moved for Ike
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2008 10:11 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano reacts after the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, returning from a recent bout of rotator cuff soreness to shut down the Houston Astros 5-0 tonight in a game relocated because of Hurricane Ike. The storm forced two games of the series to be moved from Texas to Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Zambrano, known for his emotional displays on the mound, kept himself in control until striking out Darin Erstad to finish his gem. The big right-hander dropped to his knees and pointed to the sky with both hands after getting Erstad to swing and miss. Zambrano (14-5) was immediately mobbed on the mound by his teammates. The crowd of mostly Cubs fans erupted in a wild ovation after chanting "Let's go Z!" throughout the final inning.