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Barney, Ransom lift Cubs past Padres 5-3

Cubs batter DarwBarney smiles as he stands second base with an RBI double fourth inning Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres game

Cubs batter Darwin Barney smiles as he stands on second base with an RBI double in the fourth inning of the Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres game Monday April 29, 2013 at Wrigley Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija remained winless since opening day, but his team pulled out a 5-3 victory Monday over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a four-game series at Wrigley Field.

Samardzija worked five innings Monday, exiting in a 3-3 tie after giving up the runs on four hits and four walks. His two wild pitches in the first contributed to the first Padres run.

But Samardzija struck out eight, giving him 47 for the month of April, the second highest April total ever for a Cubs pitcher. Matt Garza had 51 in 2011.

Back to back home runs by Scott Hairston (second) and Cody Ransom (second) in the second off Clayton Richard (0-3) gave Samardzija a 2-1 lead. Doubles by Welington Castillo and Darwin Barney in the fourth added a run.

But Samardzija was touched for two runs in the fifth on two hits and two walks, tying the score.

Ransom and Barney each drove in runs again in the sixth with a single and double respectively.

Michael Bowden (1-1), who pitched the sixth, earned the victory.

Shawn Camp only retired one batter in the seventh, leaving with the bases loaded. He was spared a run early when Barney made a diving stop of Chase Headley’s ground ball, throwing him out from his knees and preventing a run.

James Russell entered and struck out Yonder Alonso before Ransom charged Jedd Gyorko’s ground ball and threw him out on a close play.

Russell struck out two in the eighth but pinch hitter Kyle Blanks reached on a single and Everth Cabrera on a double. Kevin Gregg got Chris Denorfia to ground to the mound to end the inning.

Gregg worked a one-two-three ninth for his fourth save.



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