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Lilly strikes out 9 in Cubs win

ALL-STAR selection Ted Lilly struck out nine and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Sunday.

The loss dropped the Brewers into second place in the National League Central Division, a game behind St Louis.

Lilly (8-6), who was named on the National League pitching staff on Sunday for the July 14 All-Star game, allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. He is now 5-1 at home this season.

"This is such a great place to play," the left-hander told reporters after being cheered as he left the field.

He did not walk a batter for the seventh time this season.

"One of the things that enabled me to do that was that we had a little bit of a cushion," Lilly said. "I'm going to be a little more aggressive in those situations knowing that the last thing you want to do when you have a lead like that is give guys free passes."

Derrek Lee drove in three runs for the Cubs, belting a two-run homer in the first inning and an RBI single in the fifth-inning.

"Any time you play in your division, it's an important game," Lee said. "We just want to finish the first half strong and take some momentum into the break."

Jake Fox also hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, connecting in the fifth.

Milwaukee's Mike Burns (1-2) was shelled for seven runs and nine hits in 4-2/3 innings.

"It's disappointing," said Prince Fielder, who homered for the Brewers in the fourth. "(But) they're a good team and they play even better here (at Wrigley Field). Sometimes you have to tip your cap."

Outfielder Ryan Braun was more blunt. "Their starting pitching is a lot better than ours," said Braun, who was chosen on Sunday as an All-Star starter.

"They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did, and they swung the bats better than we did as well. Clearly, they were the better team."

In Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered off Johan Santana to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets to complete a three-game sweep of their NL East rival.

Elsewhere in National League, it was: Dodgers 7, Padres 6, 13 innings; Astros 7, Giants 1; Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3; Nationals 5, Braves 3; Cardinals 10, Reds 1; and Marlins 5, Pirates 0.

In the American League, Derek Jeter had four hits including the go-ahead two-run homer and Hideki Matsui homered and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees rallied from a four-run hole to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8.

Also, it was: Red Sox 8, Mariners 4; Royals 6, White Sox 3; Twins 6, Tigers 2; Athletics 5, Indians 2; Angels 9, Orioles 6; and Rangers, 5, Rays 2.


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