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Cubs' Samardzija earns first victory, fans 10 Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Drenched and reeking of the cheap beer his teammates sprayed on him, Jeff Samardzija stood at his locker soaking in a long-awaited win.

"I smell great," Samardzija said, smiling. "I'd rather just drink the beer than them pour it on me."

Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first victory since last August, leading the Chicago Cubs past the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Monday.

Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth to help snap his 16-start winless streak.

The right-hander entered with six no-decisions in his first 10 outings this year despite leading the majors with a 1.46 ERA. Chicago had lost nine of Samardzija's first 10 starts.

"I think it's a relief for him. Everybody's wanted him to have a victory," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Nate Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season and Darwin Barney drove in two runs to help the Cubs come back from a 3-1 deficit.

Pablo Sandoval had a home run and three RBI for the Giants, who had won four in a row. Sandoval has five home runs and 12 RBI in his past eight games.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings while filling in for injured starter Matt Cain, who was scratched after exiting his last outing with a strained right hamstring. Petit struck out five and walked none.

Left-hander David Huff, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, allowed four runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings of relief as the Cubs provided plenty of runs to back Samardzija's long-sought victory.

"He's got gasoline in his arm," Giants catcher Hector Sanchez said of Samardzija, whose fastball regularly reached 96 mph on the ballpark's radar.

Samardzija had not won since Aug. 24 at San Diego last season, mostly because of a lack of support from his lowly club. He has allowed more than two runs only twice this year, including Monday.

"Guys played amazingly out there for me today, and I know they've been wanting it as much as I did," Samardzija said.

Samardzija was pulled after Angel Pagan singled leading off the eighth. It was the sixth time in Samardzija's career he had at least 10 strikeouts.

Justin Grimm got three outs in the eighth and Neil Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth.

That Samardzija's skid ended at San Francisco -- which entered with the best record in the majors -- only made it that much sweeter.

The Giants' hottest hitter capitalized on two of the few mistakes Samardzija made. After Pagan reached when Samardzija dropped the ball for an error while covering first base, Sandoval singled with two outs in the first to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs came back in the third on solo shot by Schierholtz, a former Giants outfielder. Sandoval put San Francisco up 3-1 with a golf-like swing on a pitch that looked well below the strike zone in the fourth.

Samardzija hit a tying, two-out double and scored on Emilio Bonifacio's triple during a three-run fifth that put the Cubs in front 4-3.

"The hit by their pitcher kind of broke our back," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Welington Castillo and Barney each hit RBI singles in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo and Luis Valbuena each drove home a run in the seventh to extend Chicago's lead to 8-3 and support Samardzija's effort.

"He deserves to have a lot of wins right now," Schierholtz said, "and it was just nice to get him that one today."

Notes

The Cubs activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned OF Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa. ... Bochy said he used Huff as a pinch-hitter in the fifth because he was worried that Sanchez (foul tip off mask) and LF Michael Morse (left calf tightness) might need to come out of the game in the late innings. ... Cain is progressing well and the team hopes the right-hander will take his next turn in the rotation Saturday at St. Louis. ... Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants opposite Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.33) on Tuesday.

 
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Jeff Samardzija finally gets some run support to notch his first victory in his last 16 starts.  (USATSI)
Jeff Samardzija finally gets some run support to notch his first victory in his last 16 starts. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

N. Schierholtz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4021110 .282
Junior Lake, LF5110012 .271
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5221020 .263
Starlin Castro, SS4000110 .273
Luis Valbuena, 3B5121003 .266
Welington Castillo, C4121011 .252
Nate Schierholtz, RF4221001 .214
Darwin Barney, 2B3012000 .186
Jeff Samardzija, P4111002 .154
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals38813826  
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo (5, Huff), Jeff Samardzija (2, Petit)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (3, Petit)
HR - Nate Schierholtz (1, Petit)
SF - Darwin Barney (1)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (12), Anthony Rizzo (24), Luis Valbuena (12), Welington Castillo (21), Nate Schierholtz (15), Darwin Barney 2 (10), Jeff Samardzija (2)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (7), Welington Castillo (15), Darwin Barney (3), Jeff Samardzija (1)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (4, 2nd base by Petit/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jeff Samardzija (2, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (W,1-4) 76430101 1.68
Justin Grimm 1000020 3.00
Neil Ramirez 1000110 0.77
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 109-76, Justin Grimm 15-9, Neil Ramirez 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 7-5, Neil Ramirez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 28, Justin Grimm 3, Neil Ramirez 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4110000 .315
Hunter Pence, RF4000011 .289
Buster Posey, 1B4110012 .264
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4123011 .239
Michael Morse, LF3110111 .280
Hector Sanchez, C4000011 .247
Brandon Crawford, SS4011021 .252
Brandon Hicks, 2B4000032 .186
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000010 .000
   a-David Huff, PH-P1000010 .333
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b-Gregor Blanco, PH1000011 .180
   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals34464113  
a-struck out for Petit in the 5th
b-struck out for Kontos in the 7th
Batting
3B - Michael Morse (1, Samardzija)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (7, Samardzija)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 3 (22), Brandon Crawford (24)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (8)
SB - Angel Pagan (10, 2nd base off Grimm/Castillo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Hicks-Posey
E - Brandon Crawford (5, Misplayed grounder), David Huff (1, Throwing)
PB - Hector Sanchez (3)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yusmeiro Petit (L,3-2) 5644051 5.08
David Huff 1.1744010 5.40
George Kontos 0.2000000 0.00
Javier Lopez 1000000 1.93
Juan Gutierrez 1000200 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 65-46, David Huff 37-27, George Kontos 1-1, Javier Lopez 7-5, Juan Gutierrez 17-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 2-7, David Huff 2-2, George Kontos 1-0, Javier Lopez 3-0, Juan Gutierrez 2-1
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 20, David Huff 12, George Kontos 1, Javier Lopez 3, Juan Gutierrez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42257
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski