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Zambrano stellar in Cubs 4-0 win over Brewers

Carlos Zambrano exits the game after pitching 8 2/3 innings of scoreless ball  against the Brewers.
Carlos Zambrano exits the game after pitching 8 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Brewers.Damen L. jackson - Triple Play New Media

He just likes Milwaukee that much.

Back on September 14, 2008, Carlos Zambrano highlighted his career 8-5 record (3.50 ERA) at Miller Park with a no-hitter against the Houston Astros. Almost two years later, he delivered yet another signature performance there, this time a three-hit shutout over 8 2/3 innings to help the Cubs to a 4-0 victory Friday night. The win is Zambrano's fifth straight, taking his record to 8-6 on the season.

"I feel comfortable here," Zambrano said of Miller Park. "I feel like I'm at home. With the crowd here and a lot of people from Chicago, it gets you going."

And he did it all, even delivering an RBI single in the sixth inning to help himself, part of a personal three-hit barrage that was the 23rd multi-hit game of his career.

"To me, that was vintage," said manager Mike Quade. "He had the whole package tonight."

And he had a little extra help from the Brewers, as their three errors on the night would lead to as many unearned runs for the Cubs. First in the third inning, when a Rickie Weeks throwing error would allow the Cubs to take a 2-0 lead. Then again in the sixth, when a pair of errors would lead to Darwin Barney coming around to score.

So, will this performance put all the trade rumors to rest?

"I want to stay here for the rest of my contract," Zambrano said. "No more trade talk."

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