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CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija keeps getting more experience in his first season as a starting pitcher, and Friday was a positive step.
The Cubs right-hander rebounded after allowing three runs in the first three innings in Chicago's 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies had matched a season best with a five-game winning streak.
"There have been times I had good stuff and it's gone smoothly and then I come out early like that and scuffle and really not have fastball command or a slider all game," Samardzija said.
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"To get through the end of seven innings felt really good, just felt like a starting pitcher, consciously understanding what's there and not there," he said.
Samardzija gave up two earned runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out seven.
Chicago trailed 3-2 going into the eighth before Brett Jackson led off with his second homer of the season.
Mather later scored on reliever Matt Reynolds' throwing error to first on Anthony Rizzo's grounder.
"He was able to settle down," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Samardzija. "He's grown a lot, especially in the last four, five, six starts. You start seeing a guy who's learning what to do in situations, how to get quicker outs."
Pomeranz left after the fifth. The home runs were the only hits he allowed.
"I felt great today," he said. "Velocity was good, location was good. I think Castillo hit that ball pretty good, but I didn't think Soriano's ball was going out."
The Cubs are 5-17 in August.
"You leave them hanging around like that and they have a chance," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We weren't able to do much offensively. We hit two balls out of the ballpark with nobody on. That's pretty much what we did."
|Brett Jackson leads off the decisive eighth inning with a home run that ties the score at 3-3. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Charlie Blackmon, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.111|
|Jonathan Herrera, SS||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.241|
|Jordan Pacheco, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.315|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.212|
|Tyler Colvin, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.290|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.270|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Drew Pomeranz, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Josh Roenicke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.091|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Reynolds, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Josh Rutledge, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.336|
|a-struck out for M. Reynolds in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Nelson (13, Marmol)|
|HR - Carlos Gonzalez (21, Samardzija), Chris Nelson (6, Samardzija)|
|SH - Drew Pomeranz (3)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (80), Chris Nelson (33)|
|CS - DJ LeMahieu (2, 2nd base by Samardzija/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Charlie Blackmon 1|
|DP - Nelson-LeMahieu-Pacheco, Blackmon-Hernandez|
|E - DJ LeMahieu (2, Missed catch of throw), Matt Reynolds (2, Throwing)|
|Josh Roenicke (H,6)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.87|
|Matt Belisle (BS,6; L,3-5)||0.1||3||3||2||0||0||1||3.34|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 72-43, Josh Roenicke 30-18, Matt Belisle 18-12, Matt Reynolds 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 3-10, Josh Roenicke 2-2, Matt Belisle 2-0, Matt Reynolds 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 17, Josh Roenicke 7, Matt Belisle 5, Matt Reynolds 2|
|Joe Mather, RF-LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.209|
|Josh Vitters, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.111|
|David DeJesus, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.262|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Starlin Castro, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.274|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.275|
|Brett Jackson, CF||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.172|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.114|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Luis Valbuena, PH-3B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a-doubled for Russell in the 8th|
|2B - Luis Valbuena (15, Belisle)|
|HR - Alfonso Soriano (23, Pomeranz), Welington Castillo (4, Pomeranz), Brett Jackson (2, Belisle)|
|RBI - Joe Mather (16), Alfonso Soriano (77), Welington Castillo (12), Brett Jackson (3)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|E - Starlin Castro (19, Misplayed grounder)|
|James Russell (W,6-1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.58|
|Carlos Marmol (S,16)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.02|
|WP - Jeff Samardzija (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 99-64, Shawn Camp 3-2, James Russell 5-4, Carlos Marmol 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 9-5, James Russell 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 29, Shawn Camp 1, James Russell 2, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Attendance - 31255|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|