Cubs 5, Rangers 4 (10 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells surrendered a pair of solo homers - to Vladamir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz - and did not figure in the decision. But he was efficient and terrific. The right-hander, who consistently was ahead in the count while delivering 105 pitches, worked 8 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) and seven hits. He walked one, struck out six, and retired 14 of the final 15 Texas hitters he faced.

Goat: At least we didn't have to worry about his lack of hitting affecting his defense. Aramis Ramirez, making his eighth career start at DH, had yet another miserable night. Ramirez was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and is 0-for-13 since hitting a walkoff homer against Colorado on Monday. The A-Ram-Meter is sitting at .160.

Key Plays: Tyler Colvin led off the 10th with a double into the right-field corner off Texas sidearmer Darren O'Day (1-2). Colvin advanced to third on a Kosuke Fukudome pinch single, and scored the go-ahead run on another pinch single, by Mike Fontenot. Colvin, Fukudome, and Fontenot were the Cubs' first three left-handed hitters of the game.

Comment: Poor Randy Wells. He deserved much better, but he's used to receiving little support from his offense. Last season, Wells posted a 1.27 ERA in five no-decisions. It was the lowest earned run average in no-decisions among major league pitchers who qualified for a league ERA title.

Next: In a game that will make the difference between a winning and losing road trip Sunday (WGN, 1:05 p.m.), the Cubs will send undefeated Carlos Silva (5-0, 3.35 ERA) against Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson (3-1, 2.55). Tim Lincecum of San Francisco is the only other 5-0 pitcher in the majors. Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez leads the big leagues with eight wins.

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