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Hot Horacio boosts Braves
Ramirez returns in style
After spending seven weeks on the DL, Horacio Ramirez returned with an impressive outing, allowing just one run in seven innings, while also making several nifty defensive plays. Marcus Giles plated Brayan Pena and Ramirez with a double in the second.
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 Giles' two-run double in the second
Braves 2, Cubs 1
Horacio Ramirez allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings on Saturday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Cubs drop fifth in a row
Rookie southpaw Sean Marshall provided another solid outing, giving up just two runs on seven hits in six innings. But the Cubs couldn't bring home any runs after the first inning, stranding seven runners en route to their fifth consecutive loss.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: May 27, 2006
Atlanta (26-23)
Won 3
Atlanta 2, Chi Cubs 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (18-30)
Lost 5
May 27, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 7 0
Chi Cubs
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 10 0
Standings thru 5/27/06  |  Gameday  |  Braves Stats  |  Cubs Stats
Giles, 2B3012111.239
Renteria, SS4010002.312
Jones, C, 3B4010002.307
Jones, A, CF4010003.271
Francoeur, RF4010013.249
Diaz, LF4000003.362
Langerhans, LF0000000.242
Jordan, 1B4000012.227
LaRoche, 1B0000000.241
Pena, B, C3110100.500
Ramirez, P2110000.750
Ray, P0000000.000
a-Betemit, PH1000010.280
Reitsma, P0000000.000
Remlinger, P0000000.000

a-Struck out for Ray in the 9th.

2B: Giles (11, Marshall), Pena, B (1, Marshall), Jones, A (11, Marshall).
TB: Giles 2; Renteria; Jones, C; Jones, A 2; Francoeur; Pena, B 2; Ramirez.
RBI: Giles 2 (10).
2-out RBI: Giles 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Francoeur; Renteria 2; Jordan; Diaz.
S: Ramirez.
Team LOB: 7.

DP: 2 (Jordan-Renteria-Ramirez, Jones, C-Giles-Jordan).

Pierre, CF3110001.231
Hairston, 2B2000010.215
b-Mabry, PH1000001.180
Eyre, P0000000.000
Walker, 1B4021001.299
Barrett, C4010001.294
Ramirez, 3B4000002.241
Murton, LF4030001.277
Jones, RF4010002.277
Cedeno, SS4010004.279
Marshall, P2000011.158
Howry, P0000000.000
a-Womack, PH-2B1010000.263

a-Singled for Howry in the 8th. b-Flied out for Hairston in the 8th.

2B: Murton (5, Ramirez).
TB: Pierre; Walker 2; Barrett; Murton 4; Jones; Cedeno; Womack.
RBI: Walker (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cedeno 3; Murton; Pierre; Walker.
S: Hairston; Pierre.
GIDP: Ramirez; Barrett.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Pierre (15, 2nd base off Ramirez/Pena, B).

Ramirez (W, 1-0)7.07110205.40
Ray (H, 4)1.01000001.50
Reitsma (H, 3)0.21000005.91
Remlinger (S, 2)0.11000002.87
Marshall (L, 3-3)6.07222205.03
Howry 2.00000102.28
Eyre 1.00000101.46

Pitches-strikes: Ramirez 87-58, Ray 10-7, Reitsma 9-5, Remlinger 10-6, Marshall 93-59, Howry 27-19, Eyre 11-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ramirez 13-6, Ray 1-2, Reitsma 1-1, Remlinger 1-0, Marshall 6-10, Howry 4-1, Eyre 1-1.
Batters faced: Ramirez 26, Ray 4, Reitsma 3, Remlinger 2, Marshall 27, Howry 6, Eyre 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Remlinger 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Phil Cuzzi. 1B: Jerry Crawford. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Brian O'Nora.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:36.
Att: 41,526.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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