Samardzija pitches Cubs past Rockies, 3-1 - NBC Sports

Samardzija pitches Cubs past Rockies, 3-1
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Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano watches his solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Denver, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
July 19, 2013, 11:58 pm

DENVER (AP) Jeff Samardzija pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Anthony Rizzo doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh, leading the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Friday night.

Alfonso Soriano added a home run, his 17th, and Junior Lake, recalled by Chicago from Triple-A Iowa before the game, had three hits in his major league debut, including a double in his first career at-bat. Darwin Barney drove in an insurance run with a ninth-inning double.

Samardzija (6-9) kept the Rockies in check by limiting them to one run on four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

D.J. LeMahieu doubled off Kevin Gregg to start the ninth and advanced to third on a ground out by Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki walked before Gregg induced Michael Cuddyer to ground into a game-ending double play for his 18th save in 20 chances.

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