Pirates rally past Cubs
CHICAGO Matt Garza pitched well enough to win his debut with the Chicago Cubs despite giving up a career-high 12 hits—all singles.
The right-hander was in control of his pitches. He struck out a career-best 12 and didn’t issue a walk, leaving after seven innings with a 4-3 lead.
But the victory eluded him and the Cubs after the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for two runs in the ninth against closer Carlos Marmol for a
5-4 win Sunday.
“It just didn’t fall our way. That’s all it is,” Garza said. “They found a hole, they found a way. It happens.”
Garza, who struggled this spring, was the Cubs’ major offseason acquisition, coming over in a trade from Tampa Bay after winning 15 games last season for the Rays in the tough AL East.
“Even though the 12 singles are annoying, I just kept telling myself to get to the next pitch and keep attacking,” Garza said.
With the Cubs leading 4-3, Pittsburgh’s Garrett Jones led off the ninth with a walk against Marmol (0-1) and Neil Walker singled before Lyle Overbay sacrificed to put runners at second and third.
Pedro Alvarez hit a slow roller to shortstop Starlin Castro. As Jones raced home, Castro’s throw to first pulled Carlos Pena off the bag and Walker rounded third. Pena threw to the plate, but Walker made a hard slide under Cubs catcher Geovany Soto to score the go-ahead run.
n Indians 7, White Sox 1—Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen sent runners at first and second into motion, then watched as Alexei Ramirez popped up a bunt leading to a triple play in the fourth inning in host Cleveland’s win.
Carlos Santana began the triple play in his first major league game at first base. Santana, normally a catcher, snagged the ball and threw to first to double off A.J. Pierzynski. Second baseman Orlando Cabrera took the throw and tossed to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to catch Carlos Quentin off second base.
“It was an amazing play by Carlos,” Orlando Cabrera said.
It was Cleveland’s first triple play since Asdrubal Cabrera’s unassisted one against Toronto on May 12, 2008. Chicago had not hit into a triple play since April 22, 1978, at Toronto.
Orlando Cabrera then hit a two-run homer off John Danks (0-1) in the sixth to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead — its first advantage in 24 innings this year against the White Sox.