Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mike Fontenot collected two triples and knocked in a run, while Carlos Silva turned in seven scoreless innings, as the Chicago Cubs downed St. Louis, 5-0, in the middle contest of a three-game set from Wrigley Field.
Silva (7-0) fanned a season-high 11 batters while allowing just two hits to post his fifth consecutive victory. The 31-year-old has never before won as many decisions in a row during his nine-year MLB career.
In his major-league debut after being recalled from Triple-A Memphis, Adam Ottavino (0-1) allowed five hits and four runs with six walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
Chicago gave Silva all the run support he needed with a three-run fourth inning.
Alfonso Soriano drew a one-out walk and stole second ahead of Byrd's RBI single. Byrd moved to up on a throwing error and scored when Fontenot followed with a triple to the wall in center. Starlin Castro then knocked in Fontenot with a base hit.
Ottavino got himself into a jam in the sixth by loading the bases on a single, walk and intentional walk with two outs. His last base-on-balls, to Silva, signalled his exit. Mitchell Boggs came on and walked Fukudome to force in the Cubs' fourth run.
Fukudome's fly to center in the eighth plated Castro for a 5-0 game, and Jeff Stevens capped the victory with a scoreless ninth.
Chicago earned its first home win over the Cardinals since July 12, 2009...Silva's ERA shrunk to 3.12...Castro went 2-for-4...St. Louis also purchased the contract of lefty Evan MacLane from Memphis, and to make room for the two additions, the team optioned reliever Fernando Salas and outfielder Joe Mather to Memphis.