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Samardzija's arm, bat leads Cubs to series win

11:04 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jeff Samardzija belted a two-run homer and pitched eight strong innings to post his first victory since Opening Day, and the Chicago Cubs topped the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, to take the rubber match of a three-game series.

Samardzija (2-5) allowed five hits and two runs, walked a pair and had seven strikeouts. His other victory came April 1 at Pittsburgh. Between wins, the right-hander went 0-5 in seven starts.

David DeJesus led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer to left- center field to help the Cubs post their fourth win in five games.

The Cubs secured their first series victory at Wrigley Field this season. They were 0-2-4 in six previous series of two or more games in their home ballpark. Before Wednesday, Chicago's previous series win at home came against the Rockies, August 24-26 of last season (2-1).

Jon Garland (3-4) surrendered seven hits and three runs over five frames for the Rockies, who failed to build on a 9-4 win Tuesday.

Josh Rutledge had a pair of RBI singles and Reid Brignac smacked a pinch-hit homer in defeat.

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