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Samardzija, Cubs hold off Padres

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CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija had plenty of extra motivation on Tuesday. It was his own bobblehead day.

Alfonso Soriano homered, Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 Tuesday.

The Cubs starter was relieved.

"You don't want to pitch bad and go outside and see your bobblehead smashed all over the place," Samardzija said.

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Samardzija departed after Will Venable's RBI triple with no outs in the eighth. Shawn Camp kept the lead intact, getting a comebacker, a lineout and escaping the inning on Carlos Quentin's fly to left.

"The fact of the matter is Camp's been probably our MVP up to this point," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Soriano hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth. After going homerless in his first 30 games this season, Soriano has seven home runs in his last 13 games.

"Right now I feel so good and am happy to help the team win," Soriano said.

James Russell got the last two outs for his first career save, a nice feat but his father Jeff, a longtime closer in the majors, saved 186 games in his career.

"I've only got one," Russell said. "I still got a little more work to do to get up to his level."

Russell, who was mostly a starter in the minors, didn't have a save at any professional level, but talked about the role like a grizzled veteran.

"Once you get two outs, everybody starts getting up and that's when the juices really start to kick in," Russell said. "You've just got to kind of calm yourself down and not get caught in the moment, remember that you've just got to make pitches."

Quentin homered and had three hits for San Diego. His drive deep into the left-field bleachers on the first pitch of the fifth was his first home run as a Padre.

The Cubs won their second straight win after snapping a 12-game losing streak with an 11-7 win over San Diego on Monday. The Padres have lost five straight and eight of nine. San Diego dropped a game behind Chicago for the worst record in the National League.

Quentin singled and scored on John Baker's hit in the seventh, but the Padres failed to tie the score when Samardzija struck out pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Eric Stults (1-1) took the loss despite his third straight solid outing. He allowed four runs, including an unearned one, in 6 1/3 innings. Stults has a 2.50 ERA since being claimed off waivers from the White Sox.

"He threw a hell of a game in conditions that were favorable to the offense, but he hung in there, pitched into the seventh inning on a day that it's a good day to hit with the wind blowing out," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Samardzija improved to 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in five starts at Wrigley, and looped a 3-2 pitch from Stults over a drawn-in infield to score Darwin Barney with the go-ahead run in the fifth.

Samardzija worked around Stults' leadoff double in the sixth, escaping when Soriano made a sliding grab in left to rob Chris Denorfia, then easily doubled Stults off second as he was already halfway between third base and home plate.

"I was a little surprised but he's a pitcher," Soriano said. "It's not like he's a position player. I'm happy we were able to make that play. That was a huge play in the game."

Barney doubled into the left-field corner in fifth to score Reed Johnson, tying the game 1-all. Barney also doubled in the seventh. After being balked to third by Stults, he scored on John Baker's passed ball.

Notes

  • The Cubs activated C Steve Clevenger from the 15-day disabled list before the game, optioning C Blake Lalli to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the roster. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that Clevenger, who has been out since April 28 with a right oblique strain, will see the majority of action behind the plate. Regular backstop Geovany Soto is on the DL with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
  • Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the day the Cubs made scout Buck O'Neil the first black coach in big-league history.
 
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Jeff Samardzija gives up just three runs in seven innings of work against the Padres for his fifth win of the season. (AP)
Jeff Samardzija gives up just three runs in seven innings of work against the Padres for his fifth win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Barney
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF4011011 .273
Chris Denorfia, RF4000012 .250
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000021 .286
Carlos Quentin, LF4231001 .500
Chase Headley, 3B3000111 .254
John Baker, C4011011 .235
Everth Cabrera, SS-2B4020000 .222
Alexi Amarista, 2B2000011 .161
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH-2B1000012 .252
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Hundley, PH1000011 .173
Eric Stults, P2010010 .250
    Andy Parrino, SS1110000 .176
Totals34393110  
a-struck out for Amarista in the 7th
b-struck out for Cashner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (2, Samardzija), Everth Cabrera 2 (3, Samardzija, Russell), Eric Stults (1, Samardzija)
3B - Will Venable (3, Samardzija)
HR - Carlos Quentin (1, Samardzija)
RBI - Will Venable (12), Carlos Quentin (2), John Baker (5)
SB - Everth Cabrera (3, 3rd base off Samardzija/Hill)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Quentin 1
DP - Headley-Alonso, Alonso-Cabrera
PB - John Baker (4)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (L,1-1) 6.1744111 2.92
Brad Brach 0.2100110 3.78
Andrew Cashner 1211010 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 86-55, Brad Brach 15-7, Andrew Cashner 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 10-6, Andrew Cashner 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 25, Brad Brach 4, Andrew Cashner 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF4010001 .289
Starlin Castro, SS4010002 .313
Joe Mather, 3B-LF3120100 .278
Alfonso Soriano, LF4111023 .271
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
Jeff Baker, 1B4011001 .240
Reed Johnson, CF4110000 .250
Darwin Barney, 2B3221000 .267
Koyie Hill, C3000011 .185
Jeff Samardzija, P2011100 .158
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Ian Stewart, 3B0000000 .201
Totals31510423  
Batting
2B - Joe Mather 2 (6, Stults, Cashner), Darwin Barney 2 (13, Stults, Stults)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (7, Stults)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (28), Jeff Baker (4), Darwin Barney (12), Jeff Samardzija (2)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Baker-Castro, Soriano-Barney
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (W,5-3) 7833181 3.09
Shawn Camp (H,4) 1.1000000 2.67
James Russell (S,1) 0.2100020 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 93-60, Shawn Camp 17-9, James Russell 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 6-5, Shawn Camp 2-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 28, Shawn Camp 4, James Russell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35219
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake