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Dominant Silva fans 11 for Cubs in win over Cardinals

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CHICAGO -- Carlos Silva has gone from simply trying to make the Cubs' rotation in spring training to anchoring it for the first two months of the season.

The veteran right-hander struck out a career-high 11 during seven dominant innings to remain unbeaten as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Saturday.

Silva (7-0) allowed just two hits and walked none. Matt Holliday was the only Cardinals' batter to reach base against Silva with a single in the second and a double in the seventh.

"[Silva] has worked hard. He came to camp on a mission. He was one of the seven guys we ran out there to see who would start. Clearly he was one of our best starters in spring training and he solidified that and more, here early in the season," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

Silva became the first Cubs starter to begin a season 7-0 since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967.

Acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade for outfielder Milton Bradley, Silva is the first pitcher to start his Cubs career at 7-0 since Jim Weaver won his first seven decisions in 1934. The last full-time starter to open with seven wins for the Cubs was King Cole in 1910.

Silva was 5-18 in two seasons with the Mariners.

"I was surprise the way I pitched in those two years in Seattle," Silva said. "It is really fun. It's not only good for me, but for the team. It's unbelievable, I didn't hear that for two years, 'Carlos is pitching tomorrow, we're going to win. It's made me feel so good. It's gives me a little extra energy to go out [and pitch]."

Three relievers finished off the combined four-hitter. The Cardinals were held to one run or less for the eighth time this month and 13th time this season, and they've been shut out five times.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn't want to focus on his team's offensive woes, instead giving credit to Silva.

"There isn't anything new about the offense so you can quit asking me for comments on the offense. The guy pitched very well. He's 7-0. If you're going to ask about the offense you're going to have to do it without me because I've given you everything and it's still not good enough. You ask the same questions. The point is he pitched well. I give him credit. That's what I do," La Russa said.

Silva struck out the side in the third. When he got Felipe Lopez looking to end the inning, it was Silva's seventh strikeout of the game, surpassing his previous high of six.

"It's pretty easy to be back there when he can throw a pitch exactly where you want it. His game seems like you don't have to do anything, you just kind of steer the reins in one direction or another and let the big boy do what he does best. He was really, really, good today," catcher Koyie Hill said.

Cardinals starter Adam Ottavino (0-1) gave up four runs on five hits and six walks in major league debut. He took the spot of Kyle Lohse who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday.

"I'd give him a passing mark. He had some control issues. He'd miss and he'd come back and make a pitch so I'd definitely give him a passing mark for a very tough assignment," La Russa said.

Mike Fontenot, playing for the injured Aramis Ramirez, hit a pair of triples.

The Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Alfonso Soriano walked, stole second and scored on Marlon Byrd's single. Fontenot hit an RBI triple and scored on Starlin Castro's single.

Silva drew a walk in the sixth that set up a bases-loaded walk to Kosuke Fukudome. In the eighth, Fukudome hit a sacrifice fly.

Notes

Ottavino was 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA at Triple-A Memphis. Lohse had surgery on his right forearm in Los Angeles on Friday.

 
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Carlos Silva improves to 7-0 after dissecting the Cardinals with seven shutout innings and 11 K's.  (AP)
Carlos Silva improves to 7-0 after dissecting the Cardinals with seven shutout innings and 11 K's. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Silva
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 11
Chicago

M. Fontenot
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS-2B4000021 .267
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000010 .283
Albert Pujols, 1B3000110 .299
Matt Holliday, LF4020001 .293
Colby Rasmus, CF3000032 .262
David Freese, 3B3000011 .307
Yadier Molina, C3010011 .266
Skip Schumaker, 2B2000010 .241
   a- Brendan Ryan, PH-SS1010000 .203
Adam Ottavino, P2000021 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000001 .310
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
Totals30040112  
a-singled for Schumaker in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Boggs in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (14, Silva)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-F. Lopez-Pujols
E - Colby Rasmus (3, Throwing), Skip Schumaker (9, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Ottavino (L,0-1) 5.2544650 6.35
Mitchell Boggs 1.1000120 3.74
Blake Hawksworth 1211000 5.59
IBB - Hill by Adam Ottavino
HBP - Fontenot (by Blake Hawksworth)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Ottavino 99-52, Mitchell Boggs 22-12, Blake Hawksworth 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Ottavino 8-3, Mitchell Boggs 2-0, Blake Hawksworth 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Ottavino 27, Mitchell Boggs 5, Blake Hawksworth 6
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF1002310 .301
Ryan Theriot, 2B5000015 .287
Derrek Lee, 1B3000111 .242
Alfonso Soriano, LF3100122 .301
Marlon Byrd, CF4221000 .303
Mike Fontenot, 3B3121001 .337
Starlin Castro, SS4121001 .300
Koyie Hill, C3010102 .217
Carlos Silva, P2000121 .059
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, P0000000 .000
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH1000003 .314
    Jeff Stevens, P0000000 .000
Totals2957577  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Zambrano in the 8th
Batting
3B - Mike Fontenot 2 (3, Ottavino, Ottavino)
SF - Kosuke Fukudome (3)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (23), Marlon Byrd (27), Mike Fontenot (15), Starlin Castro (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (6)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (3, 2nd base off Ottavino/Molina)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (3, 2nd base by Ottavino/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Lee, Castro-Theriot-Lee
E - Starlin Castro (7, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva (W,7-0) 72000110 3.12
Sean Marshall 0.1200000 1.82
Carlos Zambrano (H,4) 0.2000000 6.12
Jeff Stevens 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 100-67, Sean Marshall 10-8, Carlos Zambrano 2-2, Jeff Stevens 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 7-3, Sean Marshall 1-0, Carlos Zambrano 1-0, Jeff Stevens 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 23, Sean Marshall 3, Carlos Zambrano 1, Jeff Stevens 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40601
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Mike Winters