Chicago Cubs defeat New York Mets, 9-3

NEW YORK -- Any lingering notions that Lou Piniella has become a complacent, too-patient manager late in his career have been squashed barely two weeks into what could be his final season with the Cubs.

A week after turning the highest-paid left fielder in baseball into a six-inning player because of poor fielding, Piniella delivered the Big Zinger on Wednesday when he moved the fifth-highest-paid pitcher in baseball into the bullpen to shore up the Cubs' eighth-inning ...

NEW YORK -- Maybe it was the shock of the big Carlos Zambrano news. Or something else that was said during the team meeting the Cubs had as batting practice was getting rained out.

Or maybe it's just Alfonso Soriano getting team-lifting hot for the first time in a year.

Whatever the source, something brought the Cubs to life Wednesday night as they hit hard, ran harder and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

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