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Johnson's blast in 11th sends Cubs over Padres

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CHICAGO -- Matt Garza isn't concerned that he didn't get a decision despite pitching six solid innings and with the Cubs on track for a victory over the Padres on Wednesday.

The Chicago right-hander missed a chance for a win when San Diego tied the game in the ninth inning, but the Cubs still came out winners on Reed Johnson's game-winning homer in the 11th for a 2-1 triumph in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

"As long as we get that big one, that big W that goes on our side," Garza said. "Any way we can do it, I'm all for it. If I don't win a game all year, but we win my games it doesn't bother me one bit."

Run support has also been lacking for Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who hasn't had a run scored on his behalf in 25 2/3 consecutive innings.

"It happens," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "In the long run, just pitch good and believe that the support will come."

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Johnson's first homer of the season came off Luke Gregerson (0-1), the fifth Padres pitcher.

The Cubs led 1-0 when Garza left after six innings. He scattered six hits and walked three while striking out nine -- and even scored the Cubs' first run, on a single by Marlon Byrd in the third inning.

The Padres tied the game in the ninth against closer Carlos Marmol, when Cameron Maybin walked, stole second and went to third on a bunt single by Will Venable. Maybin scored on Jason Bartlett's sacrifice fly.

Reliever Jeff Samardzija (1-0) worked two innings for the victory.

Chicago missed a chance for more runs in the third inning. After Garza scored, the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs when Aramis Ramirez walked. Carlos Pena grounded out to end the inning, leaving the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead.

The Padres threatened in the sixth when Garza walked the bases loaded with one out, but he escaped the jam by getting Brad Hawpe to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Quade pulled Garza after six innings and employed three relief pitchers in the seventh to prevent the Padres from scoring. Left-hander Sean Marshall walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases with two outs before getting Chase Headley to ground out with a full count.

After the Padres tied it in the ninth, Mike Adams gave up a two-out single to the Cubs' Kosuke Fukudome, ending a streak of 28 consecutive batters retired.

San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but Headley and Hundley each flied out to end the threat.

The Cubs left 10 men on base while the Padres stranded 16.

Notes

  • Fukudome was out of the starting lineup, but the outfielder entered the game in the seventh in right field. His wife delivered a baby girl, the couple's second child, on Tuesday in Chicago.
  • Tuesday's rainout was the first of the season for either team. Conditions on Wednesday were overcast and dry with temperatures in the 40s.
  • With a Thursday home game with Philadelphia, the Padres planned a quick departure from Chicago following the conclusion of Wednesday's doubleheader.
  • Cubs leadoff batter Starlin Castro, who came into the game leading the majors with 29 hits, went 0 for 5.
 
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Reed Johnson bails out Chicago with this winning home run in the first game of a doubleheader. (AP)
Reed Johnson bails out Chicago with this winning home run in the first game of a doubleheader. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Garza
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 9
San Diego

D. Moseley
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF5010122 .154
Jason Bartlett, SS4031101 .240
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000332 .263
Chase Headley, 3B4000227 .241
Nick Hundley, C6020014 .339
Ryan Ludwick, LF4020111 .161
Brad Hawpe, 1B5000036 .119
Eric Patterson, CF2000001 .071
   a- Chris Denorfia, PH1000000 .259
    Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
    Cory Luebke, P0000000 .000
   b- Jorge Cantu, PH1000000 .158
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   c- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000002 .263
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Dustin Moseley, P2010010 .333
   d- Cameron Maybin, PH-CF2100111 .224
Totals40191914  
a-grounded out for Patterson in the 7th
b-flied out for Luebke in the 9th
c-flied out for Adams in the 10th
d-flied out for Moseley in the 7th
Batting
SF - Jason Bartlett (1)
RBI - Jason Bartlett (2)
SB - Will Venable 3 (6, 2nd base off Grabow/Soto, 2nd base off Marmol/Soto, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto), Orlando Hudson (7, 2nd base off Garza/Soto), Cameron Maybin (5, 2nd base off Marmol/Soto)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Hudson-Hawpe
E - Jason Bartlett (2, Missed catch of throw), Brad Hawpe (1, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dustin Moseley 6510140 1.40
Pat Neshek 1.2100010 2.57
Cory Luebke 0.1000100 10.29
Mike Adams 1100010 0.90
Luke Gregerson (L,0-1) 1211021 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 88-52, Pat Neshek 29-19, Cory Luebke 7-3, Mike Adams 21-13, Luke Gregerson 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 8-6, Pat Neshek 2-3, Cory Luebke 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 24, Pat Neshek 7, Cory Luebke 2, Mike Adams 4, Luke Gregerson 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5000012 .382
Darwin Barney, 2B5010001 .300
Marlon Byrd, CF5011011 .270
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010101 .328
Carlos Pena, 1B4000124 .196
Alfonso Soriano, LF3010000 .254
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000002 .357
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, RF1111000 .250
Tyler Colvin, RF-LF4000021 .136
Geovany Soto, C4020010 .273
Matt Garza, P2100011 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF2020000 .370
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
Totals4029228  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Geovany Soto (3, Moseley)
HR - Reed Johnson (1, Gregerson)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (5), Reed Johnson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Barney-Castro-Pena
E - Starlin Castro (3, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza 6600390 4.74
John Grabow (H,3) 0.2000000 9.53
Marcos Mateo0000100 8.44
Sean Marshall (H,6) 1.1000110 1.00
Carlos Marmol (BS,2) 1111110 2.79
Jeff Samardzija (W,1-0) 2200330 4.09
WP - Jeff Samardzija (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 114-70, John Grabow 10-5, Marcos Mateo 4-0, Sean Marshall 24-15, Carlos Marmol 24-13, Jeff Samardzija 49-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-3, John Grabow 2-1, Sean Marshall 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 25, John Grabow 3, Marcos Mateo 1, Sean Marshall 5, Carlos Marmol 5, Jeff Samardzija 11
Game Information
Attendance - 35544
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion