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Given a four-run lead before even throwing a pitch, Silva worked into the sixth inning of Chicago's 5-4 interleague series-clinching victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Silva became the first Cubs starter in 43 years to have a perfect record after six decisions -- and the first to begin his Cubs career that way since Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean in 1938.
"The whole rotation has been good, but I've been getting more run support than anyone else," Silva said. "That (4-0 lead) changed the whole game. You're a lot more comfortable on the mound. You're not afraid to throw strikes."
Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer capped a four-run first that put Silva and the Cubs ahead to stay before the big right-hander took the mound on a hot, sunny day in Texas.
Silva, who came to the Cubs in the offseason trade that sent Milton Bradley to Seattle, was done after 5 1/3 innings and 81 pitches. He allowed three runs and six hits before being relieved after Vladimir Guerrero's comebacker for an out to start the sixth.
"I was really hot, really tired," Silva said. "Plus, the bullpen has been unbelievable."
Carlos Marmol, the fourth Cubs reliever, earned his ninth save in 11 chances. The right-hander struck out three, including Michael Young and then Guerrero for the final out with a runner at second to get his second save in a row after Texas won the series opener 2-1.
The last 6-0 Cubs starter was Ken Holtzman in 1967, when he finished 9-0 in 12 starts.
C.J. Wilson (3-2) allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings and lost for the first time in seven starts.
Xavier Nady scored what proved to be the decisive run for the Cubs with a gutsy headfirst slide in the sixth. He made it 5-3 when he lunged and reached his left arm between the legs of catcher Matt Treanor to slap the plate just before getting tagged by right fielder Nelson Cruz's strong throw after Koyie Hill's single.
"Running into the catcher with all the gear, the catcher has all the advantage," manager Lou Piniella said. "He did what he needed to do, and because of it we won a ball game."
Treanor couldn't recall a runner ever coming into him like that.
"I thought he was out," said Wilson, who then looked at the replay. "It wound up that he got his hand in there."
Rangers manager Ron Washington came out to discuss the call with home plate umpire Jerry Meals. The manager then went to the mound and pulled Wilson, who struck out five and walked three.
"After [the first], he competed," Washington said. "He just couldn't make up the deficit."
Bob Howry, re-signed by the Cubs on Friday after being released by Arizona with a 10.67 ERA in 14 appearances, allowed an RBI double to Young after coming on with two runners on in the seventh. Left-hander Sean Marshall got Josh Hamilton on an inning-ending liner with the bases loaded.
After Elvis Andrus had a leadoff single in the third, Young hit his fifth homer on the next pitch.
Cruz led off the fourth with the only walk from Silva, then scored on Julio Borbon's two-out single.
Chicago opened the game with three consecutive singles. Starlin Castro, the 20-year-old rookie shortstop, beat out a bunt for an infield single before Derrek Lee's RBI bloop single made it 1-0. Marlon Byrd then drove in a run with a groundout before Soriano hit his ninth homer of the season, his second two-run shot in two games.
"Maybe I was throwing too many strikes, slash getting bad bounces," said Wilson, who had strikes on 13 of his first 14 pitches, including the homer. "Soriano's ball, that's the one I want back."
|Carlos Silva allows three runs in 5 1/3 innings to become the first Cub in 43 years to go 6-0. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.350|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.218|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||0||1||1||0||1||.310|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.326|
|Xavier Nady, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.238|
|Tyler Colvin, RF-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.313|
|Jeff Baker, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.226|
|Geovany Soto, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.264|
|a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH-DH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Koyie Hill, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.205|
|a-flied out for Soto in the 9th|
|HR - Alfonso Soriano (9, Wilson)|
|RBI - Derrek Lee (20), Marlon Byrd (26), Alfonso Soriano 2 (27), Koyie Hill (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Koyie Hill (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Carlos Silva (W,6-0)||5.1||6||3||3||1||1||1||3.52|
|John Grabow (H,7)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||8.47|
|Bob Howry (H,2)||0.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||10.43|
|Sean Marshall (H,5)||1.1||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.93|
|Carlos Marmol (S,9)||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||1.59|
|IBB - Guerrero by Bob Howry|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 80-50, John Grabow 22-13, Bob Howry 9-2, Sean Marshall 30-19, Carlos Marmol 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-4, John Grabow 1-2, Sean Marshall 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 22, John Grabow 6, Bob Howry 3, Sean Marshall 5, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.310|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||1||2||3||0||1||0||.317|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.313|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.339|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||5||.289|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.337|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.165|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.205|
|Joaquin Arias, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Max Ramirez, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Julio Borbon, CF||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.240|
|a- David Murphy, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|a-struck out for Borbon in the 8th|
|2B - Michael Young (9, Howry)|
|HR - Michael Young (5, Silva)|
|RBI - Michael Young 3 (28), Julio Borbon (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon (5)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (3, 2nd base off Marmol/Hill)|
|CS - Julio Borbon (2, 2nd base by Silva/Hill)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Josh Hamilton (1, Throwing)|
|C.J. Wilson (L,3-2)||5.2||7||5||5||3||5||1||3.07|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 108-66, Chris Ray 13-9, Frank Francisco 19-14, Neftali Feliz 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 8-4, Chris Ray 4-0|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 27, Chris Ray 4, Frank Francisco 3, Neftali Feliz 3|
|Attendance - 37777|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott|