San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 batters
and finally earned his first win of the season as the Chicago Cubs took down
the San Francisco Giants, 8-4, in the opener of a three-game set from AT&T
Samardzija (1-4), who entered Monday's tilt with the best ERA (1.46) in the
majors, was winless in 10 starts. His first win came despite matching a
season-high four runs -- three earned -- on six hits in seven-plus innings of
"I think it's a relief for him. Everybody's wanted him to have a victory,"
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
Nate Schierholtz had two runs scored and a pair of hits, including his first
home run of the season for the Cubs, who improved to 3-2 on this 10-game road
trip. Anthony Rizzo also had two hits and two runs, while Darwin Barney drove
in a pair.
Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a homer in defeat, driving in three of San
Francisco's four runs. Brandon Crawford had the other RBI, but it came late in
the game with a five-run deficit.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) surrendered four runs on six hits in five innings for the
Giants. David Huff didn't fare much better out of the bullpen, allowing four
runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 frames.
Sandoval plated the game's first run with a two-out single to center, plating
Angel Pagan. Pagan reached leading off the game on Samardzija's error.
Schierholtz tied it in the top of the third, but Sandoval's two-run blast to
right in the bottom of the fourth made it 3-1 in favor of the home team.
It was all Cubs after that. Luis Valbuena and Welington Castillo led off the
fifth with singles and a fielder's choice on Schierholtz's grounder left
runners on the corners and one out. Barney made it 3-2 with a sac fly,
Samardzija helped his case with an RBI double to right and Emilio Bonifacio
gave the Cubs a lead with his triple to right.
"That kind of broke our back right there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of
Chicago pushed two more runs across in the sixth and seventh innings to pull
away. Castillo's single to left in the sixth plated Rizzo and Barney brought
home Castillo two batters later for a 6-3 spread.
Junior Lake singled with one gone in the seventh and moved to third on Huff's
error. Rizzo doubled him home two batters later before Valbuena delivered an
RBI single to right.
Crawford's single to right in the seventh scored Michael Morse, who tripled to
leadoff the frame.
Prior to the game, the Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-
day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa ...
Chicago finished 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position ... Bonifacio's
triple was his third of the season ... The Cubs outhit the Giants, 13-6.