Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

Chi Cubs leads 2-0 (as of 4/20)

Game 1: Monday, April 18
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in 10
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 19
San DiegoPostponed
Chi Cubs
Game 2: Wednesday, April 20
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 20
San Diego5Final
Chi Cubs4

Padres 1

(7-10, 4-5 away)

Cubs 2

(9-8, 5-3 home)

    2:20 PM ET, April 20, 2011

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Samardzija (1-0)

    L: L. Gregerson (0-1)

    Reed Johnson's 11th-inning HR lifts Cubs to win in opener of doubleheader

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- Matt Garza isn't concerned that he didn't get a decision despite pitching six solid innings and with the Cubs on track for a victory over the Padres on Wednesday.

    The Chicago right-hander missed a chance for a win when San Diego tied the game in the ninth inning, but the Cubs still came out winners on Reed Johnson's game-winning homer in the 11th for a 2-1 triumph in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

    "As long as we get that big one, that big W that goes on our side," Garza said. "Any way we can do it, I'm all for it. If I don't win a game all year, but we win my games it doesn't bother me one bit."

    Run support has also been lacking for Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who hasn't had a run scored on his behalf in 25 2-3 consecutive innings.

    "It happens," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "In the long run, just pitch good and believe that the support will come."

    Johnson's first homer of the season came off Luke Gregerson (0-1), the fifth Padres pitcher.

    The Cubs led 1-0 when Garza left after six innings. He scattered six hits and walked three while striking out nine -- and even scored the Cubs' first run, on a single by Marlon Byrd in the third inning.

    The Padres tied the game in the ninth against closer Carlos Marmol, when Cameron Maybin walked, stole second and went to third on a bunt single by Will Venable. Maybin scored on Josh Barlett's sacrifice fly.

    Reliever Jeff Samardzija (1-0) worked two innings for the victory.

    Chicago missed a chance for more runs in the third inning. After Garza scored, the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs when Aramis Ramirez walked. Carlos Pena grounded out to end the inning, leaving the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead.

    The Padres threatened in the sixth when Garza walked the bases loaded with one out, but he escaped the jam by getting Brad Hawpe to ground into an inning-ending double play.

    Quade pulled Garza after six innings and employed three relief pitchers in the seventh to prevent the Padres from scoring. Left-hander Sean Marshall walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases with two outs before getting Chase Headley to ground out with a full count.

    After the Padres tied it in the ninth, Mike Adams gave up a two-out single to the Cubs' Kosuke Fukudome, ending a streak of 28 consecutive batters retired.

    San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but Headley and Hundley each flied out to end the threat.

    The Cubs left 10 men on base while the Padres stranded 16.

    Game notes

    Fukudome was out of the starting lineup, but the outfielder entered the game in the seventh in right field. His wife delivered a baby girl, the couple's second child, on Tuesday in Chicago ... Tuesday's rainout was the first of the season for either team. Conditions on Wednesday were overcast and dry with temperatures in the 40s. ... With a Thursday home game with Philadelphia, the Padres planned a quick departure from Chicago following the conclusion of Wednesday's doubleheader. ... Cubs leadoff batter Starlin Castro, who came into the game leading the majors with 29 hits, went 0 for 5.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumWrigley Field, Chicago, IL
    Attendance35,544 (86.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:59
    Weather42 degrees, cloudy
    Wind14 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion

    Research Notes

    Aaron Harang is the first Padres pitcher to win his first 4 starts with the team. Harang is also the 4th Padres starter to start a season with 4 straight wins in his first 4 starts. Andy Hawkins won his first 10 starts in 1985; Dennis Rasmussen (1988) and Randy Jones (1976) also started 4-0 in their first 4 starts.

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