CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double in the 2nd inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on June 29, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dempster Out Duels Lincecum As Cubs Win 2-1

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Ramirez Hits Pinch Hit Walk Off Single For Win

Aramis Ramirez singled in the winning run in a pinch hit at bat as the Cubs took game three of their series with the Giants 3-2.

Ryan Dempster threw a beauty of a game, out dueling Tim Lincecum. Dempster went eight innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out six. The only run came in the ninth inning, as Dempster allowed a leadoff double to Pat Burrell. Dempster was then lifted for Carlos Marmol. Marmol struck out Andres Torres, but then gave up an RBI single to Emmanuel Burriss to tie the game at 1.

The trouble didn’t end for Marmol with the Burriss single. An intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval was followed by an Aubrey Huff single to load the bases. Marmol manged to get Cody Ross to ground into a double player, though, to end the inning.

In the ninth inning Tony Campana led off with a single off of Sergio Romo. Reed Johnson moved Campana to second on a sacrifice, and Campana then took third on a Geovany Soto groundout. Ramirez entered the game in place of Marmol, and singled to left field to score Campana and win the game.

Though he took the loss, Tim Lincecum had a good night, pitching seven innings and giving up one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

The Cubs and Giants will play the last game of their four game series on Thursday afternoon. First pitch will be at 1:20 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Face Another Challenge As They Take On Lincecum

A day after giving up 19 runs in their double header against San Francisco, the road won't get any easier for the Cubs as they look for a victory against the Giants. On Wednesday they'll have to try to get to Giants' ace Tim Lincecum, while hoping their battered pitching staff can hang on.

The Cubs will send Ryan Dempster to the mound in Wednesday's start. Dempster, who has rattled off a string of decent starts in his last few outings, is 5-6 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. In his last game against San Francisco, Dempster earned the win after throwing six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eleven. In that game, the only Giant who hit Dempster well was Aubrey Huff, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Lincecum, at 6-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, will look to match his most recent start as he takes the mound against the Cubs. In his last game, aganist Minnesota, he earned the win after seven innings of shutout baseball in which he gave up just three htis and two walks, while striking out tweleve. In his career against the Cubs, Lincecum is 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be clear with a game time temperature in the mid-70s. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and CSN-BA.

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