Jeff Samardzija went seven innings and knocked in a run with a single in the fifth inning to help his own cause, and the Chicago Cubs won their second straight over the San Diego Padres, 5-3. Samardzija finished the day with eight strikeouts and one walk; he allowed three runs on eight hits.
It took a while for both offenses to get started -- Carlos Quentin's fifth inning solo shot provided the first run of the game. But the Cubs responded with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth and scored one run in each of the next three innings.
Chicago's bullpen was once again solid; James Russell earned the save.
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