By The Associated Press
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano earned his 13th victory on the fourth try and homered Thursday to lift Chicago to a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati.
Zambrano (13-5) allowed a run and six hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the sixth. The Cubs' ace had two no-decisions and a loss in his previous three starts, giving up 17 hits and 15 earned runs in 15 1-3 innings.
He won for the first time since July 29 and ran his record against the Reds to 4-0 this season and 14-9 for his career.
Zambrano hit his fourth homer of the season -- and the fifth of his career against the Reds -- to put Chicago up 3-0 in the third.
The victory extended the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 5 1/2-games over idle Milwaukee.
The Reds had base runners on in every inning against Zambrano, but only broke through on Bruce's 13th homer. Zambrano allowed four walks while striking four.
Joey Votto's 15th homer, a towering shot off reliever Carlos Marmol in the eighth, brought the Reds within 3-2. Kerry Wood worked a perfect ninth for his 26th save.
Dodgers 3, Rockies 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Derek Lowe allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, and James Loney homered and had two RBIs as Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series.
The victory gave the Dodgers a 7-3 record on their 10-game homestand and moved them within 1 1/2 games of NL West-leading Arizona, which played San Diego on Thursday night.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Rockies.
Lowe (10-10) allowed four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances since taking over the closer's role last month.
The Rockies scored their run in the first on Matt Holliday's sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers tied it with an unearned run against Jorge De La Rosa (6-7) that scored on Loney's out-out single.
Matt Kemp hit a two-out double in the fifth and scored on Andre Ethier's single to put the Dodgers ahead for good. Loney opened the seventh with his 10th homer.
Giants 4, Marlins 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Emmanuel Burriss scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning for San Francisco.
Burriss drew a one-out walk from closer Kevin Gregg (6-6), stole second and took third on a fly out. Pinch-hitter Bengie Molina was intentionally walked, but Gregg's first pitch to Fred Lewis skipped past catcher John Baker, allowing Burriss to score standing up.
Brian Wilson (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for San Francisco, which won for the fourth time in five games. Wilson also got the win Wednesday when the Giants beat the Marlins in the final inning.
San Francisco improved to 19-13 against the NL East, the only division the Giants have a winning record against this season.
Dan Uggla hit his 27th home run for Florida in the second.