CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs (L) yells at manager Lou Pinella #41 (center) and bench coach Alan Trammell #3 after giving up four runs in the 1st inning to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zambrano,Cubs Take Game One Of Crosstown Classic

Carlos Pena's three-run homer gives Cubs lead for good.

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The last time Carlos Zambrano took the mound at U.S. Cellular Field, he lasted one inning and was removed from the game by manager Lou Piniella after a rant in the dugout. On Monday Zambrano struggled through the first inning again, but got through it with no need for anger management and lead the Cubs (30-42) to a 6-3 win over the White Sox (35-39).

Zambrano gave up an RBI single to Carlos Quentin and a two-run homerun to Paul Konerko,his 20th of the season, in the first inning but rebounded to give the Cubs eight strong innings. The Cubs righty gave up seven hits and struckout five while improving his record to 6-4 on the season.

The Cubs offense bailed Zambrano out after a shaky first inning. Starlin Castro drove in two on a single in the third inning bringing the Cubs to within a run. Castro then tied the game at three in the sixth with his second homer of the season. Carlos Pena’s three-run homer gave the Cubs the lead for good when he took a Gavin Floyd pitch for a ride to the right field bleachers.

Gavin Floyd struggled in the series opener. Floyd was given a three-run lead but couldn’t hold it as he gave up six runs on five hits in five innings. The Sox righty fell to 6-7 on the season.

Carlos Marmol once again made things interesting in the ninth inning. Marmol put two runners on with one out in the ninth, but was able to retire Mark Teahen and Juan Pierre to earn his 15th save of the season.

The Sox and Cubs will meet again in game two of the series Tuesday evening.


Cubs,White Sox Ready To Battle It Out At The Cell

The Cubs come into the Crosstown Classic fresh off a playoff type series against the Yankees. Although the Bronx Bombers did take two of three in the series, it was a very competitive series in front of the biggest crowds of the year at Wrigley Field. The atmosphere won't change much as the Cubs head to U.S. Cellular Field to open up a series with the White Sox.

Gavin Floyd gets the start in game one for the White Sox.  Floyd has pitched well for the Sox this season. Coming into Monday's start he has a 6-6 record and an ERA of 3.94. The Sox righty has been awesome in his Interleague starts. Floyd is 5-2 with an ERA of 1.71 in 11 previous starts.

Carlos Zambrano will make the start for the Cubs Monday. This will be Zambrano's first start at the Cell since last years explosion in the dugout which resulted in a suspension and anger management. Zambrano (5-4) has struggled recently and hasn't faired well against the White Sox. In his last three starts against the White Sox, Zambrano is 0-2 with an ERA of 7.43.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps in the 70's with a chance of storms. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CST. The game can be seen on WCIU and CSN.

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