Matt Kemp capped a five-run seventh inning with a three-run homer, Russell Martin also went deep and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Saturday.
Martin finished with three RBIs as the Dodgers sent Zambrano to his first loss in 11 starts. Derek Lowe (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits through seven innings, striking out four and walking two.
Lowe pitched no-hit ball through the first four innings in a rematch of his head-to-head duel with Zambrano on May 28 at Wrigley Field, when he tossed seven scoreless innings and Zambrano held the Dodgers to one run over eight. Neither got a decision in the Cubs' 2-1 victory.
Zambrano (8-2) gave up seven runs and a career-worst 13 hits over 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander pitched with runners on base in every inning except the fifth, when he snared a hard line drive near his head by Andre Ethier for the third out. It was the third time Zambrano has allowed 13 hits in a game and first since Aug. 14 against Cincinnati.
Zambrano was 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his previous 10 starts since losing a 5-3 decision to Philadelphia on April 11, and had won his previous four outings on the road.
Zambrano put Chicago ahead 3-2 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh, but the Dodgers took advantage of shaky fielding by the Cubs to pull ahead 7-3 in the bottom half.
Juan Pierre singled and appeared to be out trying to steal second, but the ball popped out of shortstop Ryan Theriot's glove just as he applied the tag. Umpire Eric Cooper was about to call Pierre out before the ball came loose.
That break gave the Dodgers the opening they needed. Ethier followed with an infield single and continued to second as the throw from third baseman Aramis Ramirez bounced past first baseman Derrek Lee. Pierre scored on the error, and Martin put the Dodgers ahead to stay with a single that popped out of Kosuke Fukudome's glove about two feet off the ground as the right fielder made a diving attempt to grab the sinking line drive.
James Loney singled Martin to third, and Kemp drove Zambrano's 107th and final pitch over the center-field fence on a 1-0 count for his fifth home run after pitching coach Larry Rothschild went out for a chat with the Cubs' ace.
Fukudome drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and scored Chicago's first run on a groundout by Mike Fontenot. Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with his 15th homer, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. But Martin tied it in the bottom half with his fifth home run after Jeff Kent used his 40-year-old legs to beat the throw from Theriot on a ground single up the middle.
Notes:@ A moment of silence was held for Jim McKay, the longtime and venerable voice of ABC Sports who died Saturday morning at age 86. In July 2000, when the American Sportscasters Association selected Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully as the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century, McKay finished sixth in the voting behind Scully, Howard Cosell, Mel Allen, Red Barber and Bob Costas. "I was in his company a handful of times at different sporting events and dinners that you go to. He was one of those artists who painted the picture for you, and he became recognizable because of his voice," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. ... INF Terry Tiffee was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear a roster spot for SS Angel Berroa, who was acquired from Kansas City on Friday night.