Cubs 3, Athletics 2

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome delivered a pinch single and scored the tying run in the eighth, and knocked in the winning run with a single in the ninth.

Goat: Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Key Plays: Randy Wells, who worked seven strong innings (2 R, 7 H, 6 SO), appeared destined for another shaky first inning after Oakland's Rajai Davis led off the game with a double, but Wells settled down as Conor Jackson flied out to Soriano, Daric Barton was called out on strikes, and Kurt Suzuki flied out to Marlon Byrd.

Comments: The Cubs (30-36) won a series for the first time since taking two of three from the Dodgers (May 25-27) and won back-to-back games for the first time since they won three in a row May 22-25. They improved to 5-4 in interleague games.

Next: The Los Angeles Angels (37-32), playing their 50th major league season, will make their first Wrigley Field appearance Friday (CSN, 1:20 p.m.). Carlos Silva (8-1, 2.89 ERA) will attempt to rebound from his first loss of the season while the Angels counter with left-hander Scott Kazmir (6-5, 5.27).

The Angels trail first-place Texas by just two games in the AL West despite being ninth in their 14-team league in batting average (.258), 10th in earned run average (4.49), and fourth in errors (46).

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