Samardzija, Cubs hold off Pirates
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Anthony Rizzo slugged a two-run homer and Jeff Samardzija tossed eight scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs silenced Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the 2013 opener for both clubs from PNC Park.
Samardzija (1-0) struck out nine and walked one while serving up only two hits, while Kyuji Fujikawa recorded the final out of the contest to earn his first career save.
Carlos Marmol was sent in to lock up the game in the ninth, but recorded only one out and allowed an RBI single to Pedro Alvarez and walked Gaby Sanchez before leaving with two on and one out.
James Russell came on and retired Neil Walker on a fly to right and Fujikawa induced a game-ending fly out from Russell Martin.
Welington Castillo added two hits, drove in the other run and scored twice for the Cubs, who are looking to reverse a 61-101 finish last season.
04/01 16:55:49 ET