Chicago Cubs: Aramis Ramirez, Jim Edmonds Lead Team Past Sox

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2008

Aramis Ramirez and Jim Edmonds have taken the reigns of the Cubs offense the past two days.  Ramirez has hit three home runs in the series, including the game-tyer and game winner on Friday. 

Edmonds hit two in the nine-run fourth inning Saturday that propelled the Cubs to their 11-7 win behind a strong outing from Jason Marquis.  The nine runs were the most runs scored in an inning since the Cubs did it in 2000 against the Astros.

Edmonds also was the third Cub ever to hit two home runs in the same inning.  Mark Bellhorn, who did it on Aug. 29, 2002, and Sammy Sosa who did it on May 16, 1996, are the others. 

The same day the Cubs placed ace Carlos Zambrano on the disabled list with a mild shoulder strain, they erupted for 11 runs.

Each starter scored a run as the team batted around in the fourth inning.  Edmonds started the scoring with a home run, which was followed by a solo homer by second baseman Mike Fontenot.

Marquis, who picked up his sixth victory of the season, went seven strong innings while giving up five runs on eight hits. 

The Cubs will look to sweep the White Sox tonight in a game featured on ESPN that has Ryan Dempster, who is undefeated at home, against Javier Vazquez.