Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hero: Andrew Cashner was terrific in his first major league start before exiting after 5 1/3 innings with tightness in his pitching shoulder. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits, struck out two, and walked one. He went to a three-ball count on just two batters, and fired 43 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

Goat: Jeff Samardzija relieved Cashner and was assigned with the task of protecting a 4-1 lead. He failed miserably, walking two batters in the seventh inning. Both of those runners scored as the Diamondbacks pushed across three runs in the frame to tie the game.

Key Play: Marlon Byrd put the Cubs ahead to stay in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out RBI double to the left-field corner.

Comments: Tyler Colvin, making his first major league start at first base, in place of the injured Carlos Pena, hit his first home run of the season, off Arizona starter Barry Enright. ... Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood, who had each appeared in the Cubs' previous three games, were unavailable. James Russell pitched a scoreless eighth and Sean Marshall, aided by a nifty play by shortstop Starlin Castro, earned the save despite allowing one run in the ninth. ... The Cubs (3-2) are above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.

Next: Ryan Dempster (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will try to put a shaky Opening Day start behind him as the Cubs try to complete a three-game series sweep at Wrigley Field on Wednesday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.). Right-hander Armando Galarraga, who was 1-3 last season with Detroit, will make his first start with the Diamondbacks.

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