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Cubs go routine route vs. Indians in Wells' first win

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CHICAGO -- His nerves frayed and his stomach twisting like a wicked curve, Randy Wells couldn't bear to watch so he stayed in the weight room.

Finally, with one out left, he came back out. Then, he got the shaving-cream treatment. And the beer shower.

His first major-league win certainly was something to see.

Wells pitched into the seventh inning, Geovany Soto homered and Jake Fox drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a routine 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians and their fourth straight win.

Derrek Lee extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI single, tying a career high, and the Cubs cruised to an easy win after taking the previous three in their final at-bat.

This time, they didn't need any late excitement to send the Indians to their season-high sixth straight loss.

Back-to-back extra-inning wins gave way to this: The Cubs taking control early after rallying Friday and Saturday and finally giving Wells (1-3) the support he needed.

"It was pretty nerve-racking," he said. "I tried to stay in the weight room for most of it. I wanted to be out there for the last out."

Soto got things started when he gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second with his fifth homer. Fox drove in Ryan Theriot with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and capped a four-run fifth with a two-run, bases-loaded double against Jeremy Sowers (1-5), sucking the drama out of this one.

Wells allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left to a loud ovation with a 6-1 lead after getting knocked out in the fourth against Minnesota nine days earlier. Now, he finally has a win after posting a 2.55 ERA in his first seven starts following his call-up from Triple-A Iowa last month.

"You dream about winning ballgames in the big leagues," Wells said. "It's been a long time coming."

Kevin Gregg preserved the win after things got a little tense in the ninth.

He came on with runners on first and third and one out and promptly threw a wild pitch before striking out Ben Francisco and retiring Trevor Crowe on a grounder for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Wells led off the fifth with a single and scored from third with one out on a bases-loaded single by Lee, who has now reached base in 28 consecutive games. Sowers then walked Soto to force in another run, and Fox chased him with a double off the center-field wall that made it 6-0.

That ended a brutal day for the lefty, who allowed seven hits and six runs and is now 0-3 in five starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He even blamed his meltdown in the fifth on his inning-ending groundout in the top half.

"Obviously I won't have to deal with hitting or any of that stuff anymore, which if you've never done it before is quite an exhausting experience," he said. "As embarrassing as it sounds, when you hit a ball and run to first base, it gets to you a little bit. It's pathetic because it's a 30-yard sprint."

It was a rough weekend for the Indians, who led in the first two games only to see longtime Cub Kerry Wood blow save opportunities.

"It's not fun right now," said Jamey Carroll, who had a triple and a single. "But it's not going to keep us from going out and competing. At all."

The Cubs' dramatic wins over Cleveland came on the heels of a nailbiter with the crosstown White Sox in which they rallied from four down to win 6-5 in the ninth on Alfonso Soriano's single.

Suddenly, the Cubs have 26 runs the past four games after stalling for most of the season. But on Sunday, Wells shared the spotlight.

"I told him, 'You keep pitching like that, son, you're going to win a lot of games in the big leagues,'" manager Lou Piniella said.

Notes

  • The Indians held 1B Ryan Garko out of the lineup because of a sprained left wrist.
  • The Cubs placed RHP Angel Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right triceps and recalled RHP Kevin Hart from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
  • Chicago held OF Reed Johnson out of the lineup because of tightness in his back.
  • Milton Bradley had two doubles, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
 
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The Wrigley crowd gives Randy Wells a rousing round of applause during his first career victory.  (AP)
The Wrigley crowd gives Randy Wells a rousing round of applause during his first career victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Soto
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

R. Wells
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Jamey Carroll, 2B3120002 .289
Mark DeRosa, LF3001032 .277
Victor Martinez, C4000000 .330
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4000000 .295
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3000110 .255
Luis Valbuena, SS4120011 .234
Chris Gimenez, 1B3010100 .200
Ben Francisco, CF4010013 .233
Jeremy Sowers, P2000001 .000
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Hafner, PH1011000 .298
    Jensen Lewis, P0000000 .000
   b- Trevor Crowe, PH1000002 .169
Totals3227226  
a-singled for Gosling in the 7th
b-grounded out for Lewis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Gimenez (1, R. Wells)
3B - Jamey Carroll (2, R. Wells)
SF - Mark DeRosa (3)
RBI - Mark DeRosa (50), Travis Hafner (17)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (4)
CS - Jamey Carroll (2, 2nd base by R. Wells/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Gimenez, Carroll-Valbuena-Gimenez
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers (L,1-5) 4.1766411 5.95
Mike Gosling 1.2100120 0.00
Jensen Lewis 2100000 5.11
IBB - Soto by Jeremy Sowers, Blanco by Mike Gosling
HBP - Bradley (by Jeremy Sowers)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 74-40, Mike Gosling 21-13, Jensen Lewis 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 6-5, Mike Gosling 1-2, Jensen Lewis 3-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 24, Mike Gosling 7, Jensen Lewis 6
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5110011 .224
Ryan Theriot, SS2110100 .282
Milton Bradley, RF3120001 .248
Derrek Lee, 1B4111013 .287
Geovany Soto, C2112200 .225
Jake Fox, 3B3013000 .286
    Mike Fontenot, 3B0000000 .230
Kosuke Fukudome, CF3000112 .270
Andres Blanco, 2B3010103 .224
Randy Wells, P3110003 .200
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
   a- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1000001 .261
    Jose Ascanio, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals2969653  
a-flied out for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (13, Sowers), Milton Bradley 2 (7, Sowers, Gosling), Jake Fox (3, Sowers)
HR - Geovany Soto (5, Sowers)
SF - Jake Fox (2)
SH - Ryan Theriot (4)
RBI - Derrek Lee (36), Geovany Soto 2 (19), Jake Fox 3 (5)
SB - Ryan Theriot (9, 3rd base off Sowers/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Soto-Blanco
Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells (W,1-3) 6.2522130 2.57
Sean Marshall 1.1100010 4.42
Jose Ascanio 0.1100110 3.00
Kevin Gregg (S,11) 0.2000010 3.66
HBP - Carroll (by Randy Wells)
WP - Kevin Gregg (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 98-60, Sean Marshall 22-17, Jose Ascanio 15-7, Kevin Gregg 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 8-8, Sean Marshall 2-1, Kevin Gregg 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 26, Sean Marshall 5, Jose Ascanio 3, Kevin Gregg 2
Game Information
Attendance - 40866
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Delfin Colon, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Marvin Hudson