Chicago Cubs Win in Crosstown Series Thanks to Fourth Inning Offensive Explosion

Sean MorrisonCorrespondent IJune 21, 2008

The Cubs, in a stellar fourth-inning rally, won today against the White Sox in a crosstown rivalry game between the two first-place teams by a score of 11-7.

The game started off on a bad note with a two-run home run by Jermaine Dye, putting the Sox out ahead by two.

Dye hit one home run in the game and went two-for-five throughout. Meanwhile, the Cubs were able to respond in the bottom of the inning, keeping it close thanks to a double by Eric Patterson and a single by Aramis Ramirez.

Patterson and Ramirez remained hot during the contest, with Ramirez driving in four runs through the first four innings and Patterson going three-for-five in the game.

In the top of the fourth, the Sox struck again with another two-run homer by Dewayne Wise, driving in Nick Swisher and putting the Sox ahead 4-1.

Things were looking bad by any standards for the Cubbies. That is, until the bottom of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs, in a furious rally, brought themselves out ahead and sealed the deal. It all began with back-to-back jacks by Jim Edmonds, who has been batting over .300 during his stint with the Cubs, and Mike Fontenot.

Geovany Soto grounded out for the first out of the inning, and Jose Contreras, the Sox starting pitcher, would not get another out in the game.

Ryan Theriot walked, followed by a single by Jason Marquis (the Cubs' starting pitcher) and an RBI single by Kosuke Fukudome.

Next came RBI singles by Eric Patterson and Derrek Lee, followed by a three-run homer by Ramirez and yet another knock by Edmonds, giving him two in the inning.

Mark DeRosa came in for Fontenot, flying out to center, and Soto struck out looking to end the inning.

In all, 12 batters came to the plate during the bottom half, nine runs were scored and the Cubs racked up eight hits in the inning. They left the inning ahead by six runs.

Juan Uribe led off the inning with a double for the Sox. He was driven in on a single by A.J. Pierzynski. There was little action in the rest of the inning, as the Sox went down with Pierzynski in scoring position and the Cubs fell in order.

The Sox left in order in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, DeRosa hit a shot to center, scoring Lee.

Lee went two-for-four in the game, and DeRosa hit one-for-two after coming in for Fontenot in the fourth. The Cubs left the inning ahead by six again, and looked ready to bring it home with their 13th straight win at Wrigley.

With no action in the seventh, Carlos Marmol entered the game in the eighth to deal for the Cubs, relieving Marquis, who went through seven with four K's and no walks. 

Marmol struck out one but walked three in the inning, getting into trouble with the bases loaded and two outs.

He had similar troubles to his last outing, seemingly incapable of finding the strike zone as he walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to score one for the Sox.

Luckily, Alexi Ramirez then grounded into a 5-3 put-out by Aramis Ramirez and ended the inning with minimal damage done.

The Cubs went down in order in the bottom of the eigth, and went into the ninth inning ahead by five.

Bob Howry came into the game for the Cubs in the ninth to finish it up and give the Cubs their second win against the Sox and a chance for a sweep tomorrow.

He struck out one with three hits and one run against him. Lou Pinellia pulled Howry after a one-run single by Dye as Kerry Wood came in to close it out.

Wood came in to face Swisher and struck him out on four pitches, earning himself his 19th save, tying him for the lead in the National League in saves.

Marquis got his fourth win in June and his fifth win in a row, making him perfect since May 13 and 6-3 on the year. The Sox dropped to 0-8 in recent away games.

The Cubs racked up 15 hits, with the Sox getting 11.

The crosstown rivalry continues tomorrow with another game at Wrigley. The Cubs hope to continue on to their next series against the Baltimore Orioles with a sweep of the Sox, which will put them at 48-28.