Cubs Retain Half-Game Lead Over Brew Crew

With Zambrano scuffling, Lilly proves stabilizer for rotation
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2007 4:10 AM CDT
Chicago Cubs' Geovany Soto scores as Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Lieberthal waits for the throw during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, in Chicago. The Cubs won 8-2. (AP Photo/Jerry...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Since signing mercurial ace Carlos Zambrano to a $91.2 million contract, the Cubs have chalked up a 0-5 record and an 8.29 ERA in his last six starts. But off season acquisition Ted Lilly is stepping up. Lilly cooled off the Dodgers to keep Chicago a half game ahead of Milwaukee in the clotted National League Central.

Milwaukee hit five homers to beat Houston, 14-2. Lilly gave up two runs in 6 "  innings, recording his 14th win to match the total of the staff ace. Still, he said, "I think Carlos is the ace of the staff for a reason. He's earned that over the years, put together quite a few dominating years."