National League Game Summary - Houston at Chicago|
(Monday, August 13th)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Houston 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jeff Samardzija tossed seven outstanding
innings as the Chicago Cubs knocked off the Houston Astros, 7-1, in the opener
of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Samardzija (8-10) matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts and allowed just
one run on four hits while walking three to snap a personal three-game winless
"He's pitched in a lot of really tight ball games it seems like all year,"
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Obviously that split showed up tonight and it
was pretty devastating. His velocity was pretty good."
Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano each clubbed two-run home runs. Welington
Castillo drove home a run and Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single among his four
hits for the Cubs, who finally got in the win column after dropping 11 of
their previous 12 games.
Brandon Barnes provided all the Astros offense with a pinch-hit home run in
the club's seventh loss in nine tries.
Armando Galarraga (0-3) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on
seven hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts over five innings.
"There's no doubt he needed to throw more strikes. His stuff is good enough,"
Astros manager Brad Mills said. "When he got ahead of hitters, he needed to be
able to make some better pitches."
The Cubs drew first blood in the second when Starlin Castro reached base with
a single and Barney smoked a slider from Galarraga into the left-field seats
for his sixth long ball of the season.
David DeJesus started the Cubs third with a walk but was erased on a fielder's
choice by Josh Vitters, who stole second and later scored on a base hit back
up the middle by Rizzo, widening the lead to 3-0.
Soriano extended the Cubs' lead to 5-0 in the fifth when he got a first-pitch
slider from Galarraga and yanked it down the line in left and into the
bleachers for his 21st homer of the season.
Barnes got the Astros on the board in the sixth when he led off the inning
with a deep drive over the wall in left-center field, cutting the deficit to
Soriano and Castro coaxed back-to-back two-out walks in the seventh and
Castillo beat out an infield hit, scoring Soriano. Barney then scored on a
Vitters sacrifice fly in the eighth to finish off the rout.
Prior to Monday's game, the Cubs selected the contract of pitcher Michael
Bowden from Triple-A Iowa and optioned pitcher Brooks Raley to the minor
league club. The team also transferred infielder Ian Stewart to the 60-day
disabled list...The Cubs improved to 15-8 in their last 23 home games...Prior
to the game, former Chicago Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk threw out the ceremonial
first pitch...Astros outfielder Steve Pearce had his career-best eight-game
hitting streak snapped...Houston fell to 11-47 on the road this season.
08/14 01:28:06 ET