Yes, that is an exclamation point, and yes, it is needed, because this was a very rare victory.
The thank-you cards should go to Ted Lilly and two hitters -- Koyie Hill and Jake Fox -- who were part of an unusual 2-1 loss just the night before.
Lilly allowed only Matt Kemp's seventh-inning home run in his seven innings, but without Hill and Fox he couldn't have run his Wrigley Field record to 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA. He has won 11 of his last 15 decisions at home.
"I've said it before -- there's an advantage with the crowd," Lilly said. "Whether you're a hitter or a pitcher, it's kind of nice playing here, especially with 40,000 people pulling for you."
Heck, even the umpires seemed to be favoring the Cubs and Lilly, who was fined $1,500 for jumping the dugout fence and arguing balls and strikes on a non-pitching day earlier in the week.
"Like I said the other day, they're going to do the best job they can," a diplomatic Lilly said of the umpires. "They're probably not going to get every single call right.
"We haven't been playing real well ... but throughout the course of a game there's going to be some close calls, and when you're playing tight games, they're going to be magnified."
The Dodgers claimed they got the short end of umpiring calls Friday, especially on an eighth-inning non-hit-by-pitch call that went against Juan Pierre.
But the Cubs will claim they're due to have things to go their way after losing 10 of 12 games before Friday.
That brings us to Hill and Fox, who made a loser of Chad Billingsley (6-3).
Hill, who was wasted in Thursday's game in a confusing non-at-bat, tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a homer.
Fox, who struck out to end Thursday's game, singled one out later and scored the winning run on Kosuke Fukudome's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
"After you have a game like that and you're disappointed with your performance in one at-bat, it's very important to come back your next at-bat and concentrate on having a good one," Fox said.
Said Hill: "It's always nice when you help the team win. You want to contribute, so it definitely feels good, but a victory is what we want whether you play a part in it or not."
And a victory is what they got, with Lilly pitching his seven strong innings, Carlos Marmol a shaky but scoreless eighth and Kevin Gregg finishing off a tense ninth that included a hit and an error.
It was the seventh consecutive save for Gregg but only his second since May 10, as the Cubs have refused to play any close, low-scoring games.
"Our offense is going to score runs," Lilly said. "I don't know if we're going to set any single-season records, but we're going to score runs."
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