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Cubs Tue Jun 14 2011

Dempster, Barney Help Cubs Edge Brewers

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for cubs.gifAfter losing nine of their past 11 games, including a 2-8 road swing through St. Louis, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, the Cubs are back at Wrigley this week to host the red-hot, first-place Brewers and the 27-time world champion Yankees.

But they got the homestand off on the right foot Monday night, riding Ryan Dempster to a 1-0 win.

Dempster, who was brilliant last time out against Cincinnati, picked up where he left off with seven shutout innings, striking out seven and surrendering four hits.

But Milwaukee's Randy Wolf matched him pitch for pitch, and it was up to the bullpens after seven.

Finally, the Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when Darwin Barney scored from third on Aramis Ramirez's grounder to second. Mike Quade sent Barney on contact with one out, and the rookie slid headfirst past the tag of Jonathan Lucroy.

(Recent videos from are not embeddable, but you can view the play at their site.)

Runs were tough to come by in this one as both starters were dominant, but the Cubs were able to scratch across one run and that would be all they'd need.

It is somewhat comical how at times how overmatched they can look and other times they can hang with just about anyone. The Brewers came in on fire and the Cubs limped home only to upend the first place Brewers. That is why the game isn't played on paper.

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