“I got away with a few,” Lilly said. “I made some decent pitches.”
“Maybe not the best I’ve thrown the ball,” he said.”
It was good enough, though.
Mike Fontenot(notes) led off the eighth with a triple down the right-field line and came around on a one-out double down the line by Colvin, who went to third when right fielder Xavier Paul(notes) had trouble picking up the ball and bumped into the wall.
“It’s a tough little corner,” Colvin said. “You’ve got the drain, a little spot where the ball can roll down.”
And there’s hardly any room between the wall and the line.
Fontenot replaced Jeff Baker(notes) at third when he walked off the field with a vision problem in his right eye following a leadoff single by Russell Martin(notes). Marshall (5-1) also gave up a one-out single to Matt Kemp(notes), putting runners on first and second, before Casey Blake(notes) lined to first and James Loney(notes) grounded to second.
Lilly pitched three-hit ball in his best start statistically this season but still is searching for his first win since April 24—his first appearance after offseason surgery. He’s 0-4 in his last six outings.
At one point, after a sixth-inning single, the Dodgers’ Casey Blake thought Lilly was off toward the third base side and not on the rubber when he was delivering pitches. First base coach Mariano Duncan got in between Blake and crew chief John Hirschbeck, the first-base umpire, and manager Joe Torre briefly came out.
“We couldn’t see anything from the dugout,” Torre said. “John Hirschbeck said from where he was standing he couldn’t see for sure, either. We really went nowhere. I don’t know what you can do about it other than showing evidence but we didn’t have any.”
Lilly, who tends to stands toward the third-base side of the rubber, said the umpires never said anything to him and insisted if he did anything wrong, it was accidental. He couldn’t remember anyone raising the issue in the past, either.
“I don’t think your push-off would be as good if you’re not on the rubber,” he said.
Ely, who grew up in suburban Homewood, Ill., was about as dominant as Lilly, holding the Cubs to four hits in 7 1-3 innings in his first Chicago start. He also robbed Starlin Castro(notes) of a hit, snagging his liner on one knee in the fourth—one of several neat plays by both teams, including a shoestring catch by left fielder Reed Johnson(notes) on Kosuke Fukudome’s(notes) liner to end the inning after Derrek Lee(notes) had doubled.
“It was a little different,” said Ely, who was cheered and tipped his cap when he left the game. “It’s great to have the home crowd behind you. There were more people than I expected. It was great, it was real encouraging.”
NOTES: Dodgers OF Andre Ethier(notes), out with a broken right pinky finger, could return from the 15-day disabled list Monday. Manager Joe Torre said he’s scheduled to play for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday and take Sunday off. … The Dodgers designated RHP Ramon Ortiz(notes) for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller(notes) from Triple-A. … Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano(notes) is day to day after going to a hospital for precautionary reasons because of lower abdominal pain.