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Byrd's three hits, key double help Cubs past D-Backs

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CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever James Russell had a rough seventh inning. It was the eighth that caught his manager's attention.

Russell allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh but he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning to help Chicago beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Tuesday.

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"You can't leave here without talking about Russ," Quade said. "We were in a bit of a mess pitchingwise and he picked us up. I absolutely needed him. Him giving us the eighth, the finishing up the way he did was fantastic."

Russell (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings and gave up two hits while Sean Marshall closed out the ninth for his first save.

Russell entered in the seventh and struck out pinch-hitter Russell Branyan. He then gave up a single to Diamondbacks leadoff batter Willie Bloomquist that scored two and tied the game at 4.

After the Cubs went ahead 6-4 in the bottom half, Russell shut down the Diamondbacks in the eighth, coaxing Miguel Montero into a double play and ended the inning by striking out Chris Young.

"That was following the one mistake I thought he made -- he gave up the base hit and gives up the lead then came right back and rebounded," Quade said.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was disappointed his team couldn't get more.

"It was great to see us fight back, but we're here to fight back and win," Gibson said. "There's no consolation. I don't expect us to ever lay down, we haven't yet. The object is to win the game, we have to execute better in those situations."

The Cubs also had a solid outing from starter Andrew Cashner, a 2010 reliever making his first career start. Cashner worked 5 1/3 innings before leaving with one out in the sixth with stiffness in his right shoulder.

"He was great all game and threw the ball extremely well," Quade said. "The last few pitches before we got him out of there he felt a little tightness and that's all I needed to hear. Up to that point, it was a real impressive outing."

Cashner, who is likely to have an MRI, shut down 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and gave up just one run on two hits -- including a third inning lead off homer to Ryan Roberts.

Cubs centerfielder Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 and drove in pinch-hitter Jeff Baker with a one-out double to left off Sam Demel (1-1) for a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Diamondbacks reliever Joe Paterson came in and walked Tyler Colvin with the bases loaded to force in another run.

The Cubs got key hits from Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who doubled home a run in the second, and Colvin. He broke out of a 1-for-9 slump with a two-run homer in the third.

The Diamondbacks, losers of three straight, erased a 4-1 deficit in the top of the seventh as Bloomquist drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single.

Diamondbacks starter Barry Enright pitched six innings. He gave up four runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked three.

"I fell behind in the third inning, gave up the home run to Colvin," he said. "Second inning, two outs with Castro. I felt I threw him a pretty good pitch down and in but he just got to it. It's frustrating but I think they had a pretty good game plan, they knew I was going to come in on them."

The win, before a crowd of 27,039, was the Cubs' seventh straight over Arizona dating back to last April 30.

Notes

  • It's not quite a Wrigley Field version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Birds," but the flock of seagulls swooping through the park on Monday definitely had manager Mike Quade concerned. "What triggers it?," he said prior to Tuesday's game. "They were here in the third inning yesterday. And then you think, 'OK, it's all the food laying around.' Maybe if I get my [Rottweiler] here, maybe we can clean it up a little."
  • Colvin started at first base and batted fifth in place of Carlos Pena, who is day to day with a sprained right thumb.
  • Cubs relievers Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood had the day off after making three straight appearances.
  • Following Wednesday's series finale, the Diamondbacks return to Phoenix for Friday's home season opener against the Reds at Chase Field.
 
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Marlon Byrd (right) welcomes home Tyler Colvin after Colvin's third-inning, two run dinger plates both in the Cubs' 6-5 win. (AP)
Marlon Byrd (right) welcomes home Tyler Colvin after Colvin's third-inning, two run dinger plates both in the Cubs' 6-5 win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Colvin
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4012111 .333
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000013 .167
Justin Upton, RF4010011 .222
Miguel Montero, C3010101 .467
Chris Young, CF4100022 .176
Juan Miranda, 1B3110100 .375
Ryan Roberts, 3B3311111 .300
Gerardo Parra, LF3011000 .214
   a- Melvin Mora, PH1010000 .167
Barry Enright, P2000000 .000
   b- Russell Branyan, PH1000013 .400
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   c- Xavier Nady, PH1001000 .000
Totals3357547  
a-singled for Parra in the 9th
b-struck out for Enright in the 7th
c-grounded out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ryan Roberts (1, Cashner)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist 2 (3), Ryan Roberts (2), Gerardo Parra (2), Xavier Nady (1)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist 2 (2)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (4, 2nd base off Samardzija/Hill)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Johnson-Bloomquist-Miranda
E - Miguel Montero (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright 6744331 6.00
Sam Demel (L,1-1) 0.1322110 9.00
Joe Paterson0000100 0.00
Juan Gutierrez 0.2000010 0.00
David Hernandez 1000110 0.00
IBB - Ramirez by Sam Demel
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 95-60, Sam Demel 20-11, Joe Paterson 4-0, Juan Gutierrez 10-6, David Hernandez 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 5-8
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 26, Sam Demel 5, Joe Paterson 1, Juan Gutierrez 2, David Hernandez 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3010211 .273
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
Starlin Castro, SS5121002 .476
Marlon Byrd, CF4131010 .273
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000103 .333
Tyler Colvin, 1B3113112 .182
Alfonso Soriano, LF3010113 .278
Darwin Barney, 2B3110002 .333
    James Russell, P1000003 .000
    Reed Johnson, RF0000000 .000
Koyie Hill, C3100101 .000
Andrew Cashner, P1000010 .000
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Baker, 2B2110010 .333
Totals31610566  
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (2, Enright), Marlon Byrd (1, Demel)
HR - Tyler Colvin (1, Enright)
SH - Andrew Cashner (1)
RBI - Starlin Castro (2), Marlon Byrd (1), Tyler Colvin 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Colvin-Castro-Russell
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner 5.1211121 1.69
Jeff Samardzija (H,1) 1022220 9.00
Marcos Mateo0111100 27.00
James Russell (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.2200020 0.00
Sean Marshall (S,1) 1211010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 72-43, Jeff Samardzija 27-12, Marcos Mateo 8-2, James Russell 28-20, Sean Marshall 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 9-5, Jeff Samardzija 1-0, James Russell 2-0, Sean Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 19, Jeff Samardzija 5, Marcos Mateo 2, James Russell 6, Sean Marshall 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27039
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Timmons