Samardzija leads Cubs past Cardinals, ace Wainwright for 4-2 win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2013 9:59PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 11:04PM
ST. LOUIS – The Cubs jumped on Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for four quick runs in the first inning, and Jeff Samardzija did the rest as the Cubs knocked off the best team in baseball 4-2 on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
Samardzija (4-7) came within two outs of his second complete game in five starts, allowing seven hits, including Carlos Beltran’s homer off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the sixth.
Samardzija earned his first victory since that other complete game, May 27 against the White Sox.
The Cubs’ Opening Day starter cruised into the ninth before giving up a pair of singles with one out.
Closer Kevin Gregg took over and earned his 10th save in as many chances – but not until giving up a run-scoring hit to Yadier Molina and getting a break on a controversial call on the final play of the game.
Shane Robinson, pinch-running for Molina, was called for interference as shortstop Starlin Castro attempted to turn a double play, giving the Cubs the extra out and the win.
The Cubs scored with a barrage of extra-base hits off Wainwright after he retired the first two batters he faced.
Nate Schierholtz and Alfonso Soriano each doubled for the first run. And Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom then hit back-to-back homers.
Wainwright (10-4) settled down and retired 16 of the final 18 he faced in a seven-inning performance.