Carlos Marmol Blows Save, Cubs Lose Eighth Straight Home Game

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Ryan Dempster's Solid Outing Ruined By A Blown Save; Cubs Lose 5-3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Rick Ankiel hit a bases-loaded triple off Carlos Marmol with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Braves to a 5-3 win over the Cubs in the opener of a three-game series.

Marmol (2-3) walked the bases loaded with one away before striking out Melky Cabrera. But on a 2-2 count, Marmol threw a slider down in the zone but over the plate, and Ankiel ripped it to the right field corner for a triple.

Billy Wagner held the Cubs off the scoreboard in the bottom half to secure the win for the NL East-leading Braves, who have won eight of 10.

Omar Infante went 2-for-4 with a home run for Atlanta, while Derrek Lee played in his first game for the Braves since they acquired him from the Cubs on Wednesday. Lee, who received an ovation from his former home crowd, went 0- for-4.

Marmol spoiled a good start from Ryan Dempster, who limited the Braves to two runs on four hits and two walks in eight innings, while striking out seven.

Aramis Ramirez hit a home run and run-scoring double for the Cubs, who have dropped eight in a row at Wrigley Field.

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Former Cubs 1B Derrek Lee Bats Cleanup In Braves Debut

Braves beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has tweeted Atlanta’s starting lineup for today’s 1:20 game against the Cubs and it is as follows:

1. Infante 2B
2. Heyward RF
3. Prado 3B
4. DERREK LEE 1B
5. McCann C
6. Gonzalez SS
7. Cabrera LF
8. Ankiel CF
9. Jurrjens RHP

As you can see, DLee is batting cleanup.

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Derrek Lee Returns To Wrigley With Braves

Only two days ago, the Cubs traded veteran first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves for three pitching prospects.

As the schedule would have it, the Braves are in town for their only time in 2010 this weekend. Lee is expected to start at first base for Atlanta and bat cleanup.

The Braves lead the NL East by 2.5 games over the Phillies. The Cubs are 4-18 since July 26 and stand 20.5 games behind the front-running Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central.

Ryan Dempster will face Jair Jurrjens in this afternoon's contest, which begins at 1:20 CDT and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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