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No thanks to Kevin Gregg, the Cubs defeated the Rastros 5-4 Saturday. So how did he blow it?

The rally came after Cubs closer Kevin Gregg couldn't hold a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back homers to start the inning, and Ivan Rodriguez tied the game with a single to left before Sean Marshall (2-2) got out of the inning.

And who won it?

Scales drew a leadoff walk against LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth inning before Aaron Miles' sacrifice moved him into scoring position. Soriano singled to right off Hawkins (1-1), and Hunter Pence's throw to the plate was high, allowing Scales to score.

So if all the runs were scored in the ninth, the pitching to that pointmust've been good, eh?

Randy Wells was impressive again in place of Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Wells scattered four hits and three walks while striking out four in his second career start.

Any other notable performances?

Subbing in right field for the suspended Milton Bradley, Micah Hoffpauir had a two-run sixth-inning homer. And filling in in the infield while Aramis Ramirez is on the disabled list, Scales scored the winning run after leading off the ninth with a walk, getting to second on Aaron Miles' sacrifice and scoring on Soriano's single into right field. Scales had hit safely in his first six big-league games but took an 0-for-3 Saturday. "It ain't about the name on the bat," Scales said. "I maintained all along my only goal was to come up here and help this team try to win in whatever capacity."

Here's Lou and Groggles on Groggles' performance:

'We made it interesting, what can I say?'' Piniella said. ''I thought we had the game in pretty good shape going into the ninth. In Gregg's defense, he hasn't pitched in a few days. I know it wasn't a save situation and how closers have that mentality pitching in save situations, but he needed to work. ''He'll be available [today] and will be out there if we need him. You certainly don't expect your closer to be hit that hard, but we needed to pitch him. We've been working hard at putting these pieces together in the bullpen, and we're getting better. ... What happened today [to Gregg] won't happen again.'' Gregg hadn't pitched since Tuesday, but he said rust wasn't the reason Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee homered, Miguel Tejada and Hunter Pence singled and Geoff Blum got hit by a pitch. ''I threw everything down the middle,'' said Gregg, who was hit on the back of his right hand by Pence's single but said he was fine. ''I've played long enough to know we have another game tomorrow.''

And Lou chatted it up with a fan in the ninth:

Piniella got an earful from a fan in the ninth inning when he didn't immediately remove closer Kevin Gregg, who gave up two home runs and two singles and hit a batter. ''The fan wasn't happy,'' Piniella said of their exchange. ''I told him to please enjoy the game and let me manage. I wasn't going to buy him a beer at the Cubby Bear or Capt. Morgan's [the new Wrigley Field eatery].''



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