San Francisco (43-56) at Chicago (51-49)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Wed Jul 27, 2005
  • TV: FSBA, WGN
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It would be tough to blame the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs if they are a bit tired when they take the field for the decisive game of their series.

San Francisco won Tuesday’s marathon 3-2 in 11 innings in a game that ended at 1:16 a.m. CDT. The start was delayed 2 hours, 43 minutes by rain, and the game lasted 3:28.

Chicago will send Carlos Zambrano to the mound Wednesday afternoon in search of his fourth straight victory. The hard-throwing right-hander has been stellar over his last five starts, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA.

He was impressive against St. Louis on Friday, but didn’t factor in the decision after giving only three hits and tying a career high with 12 strikeouts. He retired the last 15 batters he faced following a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

“I was feeling great today, plus I like the matchup when I face (Chris) Carpenter or (Matt) Morris,” Zambrano said. “It’s good to have Carpenter on the other side. Every time I come here I want to throw my best game and throw like I did today.”

Despite losing six of their last 10 games, the Giants are still very much aline in the NL West race. San Francisco is just 6 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego, which has dropped 31 of its last 48 games.

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B. Tomko Col vs. C. Zambrano Phi
8-15 Record 14-6
4.48 ERA 3.26
114 K 202
57 BB 86
1.37 WHIP 1.15