CHC: LHP Ted Lilly (6-4, 3.50 ERA)
Lilly leads the Cubs in wins and quality starts (seven) after beating the Dodgers, 2-1, in his last start on Friday. He gave up four hits, including a homer by Matt Kemp that landed in the basket rimming the left-field bleachers. When he pitches seven or more innings, Lilly is 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts. He will miss Wrigley Field, as four of his six wins have come at home. Lilly went 2-0 against the Braves last season.
Lowe proved to be his biggest critic after his last start, saying he "pitched poorly" against the Diamondbacks on Thursday at Chase Field. The big right-hander gave up a season-high 10 hits in seven innings in the loss. He was charged with five runs (three earned) in the hard-luck loss. He has pitched at least seven innings in four of his past seven starts. He ranks among the league leaders in wins, innings pitched and games started. Tidbits
The Cubs bullpen had a season-high streak of 15 1/3 scoreless innings before Tuesday's meltdown. ... Chicago won all six games with Atlanta last season. ... The Cubs are 0-2 in extra-innings games on the road. ... Kevin Gregg had seven consecutive saves before giving up a game-tying two-run homer to Jeff Francoeur. He is now 8-for-10 in save chances. Tickets
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Thursday: Cubs (Carlos Zambrano, 3-2, 4.22) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens, 5-2, 2.59), 6:00 p.m. CT
Friday: Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 4-3, 4.48) at Reds (Micah Owings, 3-6, 5.10), 6:10 p.m. CT
Saturday: Cubs (Sean Marshall, 3-4, 4.73) at Reds (TBD), 6:10 p.m. CT
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