CHICAGO (AP) -Carlos Zambrano lost his no-hitter in the eighth. He lost the game in the ninth.
Russell Branyan homered with one out in the ninth Saturday and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in a game that featured a bench-clearing skirmish and four ejections in the fourth inning.
Zambrano (7-6) held San Diego hitless for 7 1-3 innings but San Diego's bullpen was just as tough after starter Chris Young was ejected in the fourth. Young pitched three hitless innings and the Cubs managed two hits off relievers Justin Hampson, Heath Bell (1-2) and Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Marcus Giles hit a chopper that bounded high over the mound and went off Zambrano's glove for an infield single with one out in the eighth, ending the no-hit bid. The Cubs then turned their third double play to end the inning.
Three players and a coach were ejected after a fourth-inning altercation that began when Young hit Derrek Lee with a pitch and Lee, on his way to first base, threw a punch at Young.
Lee and Young were ejected, as were Padres pitcher Jake Peavy and Chicago hitting coach Gerald Perry.
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