The Cubs defeated the Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night at the Ballpark at Arlington. Carlos Marmol worked a scary 9th inning to pick up the save. With a 2-run lead, Marmol issued the dreaded lead-off walk and allowed a run to score on an RBI single to Ian Kinsler. But Marmol induced a groundout by Vladmir Guerrero to end the game and preserve the 5-4 win.
Randy Wells had a phenomenal outing against one of the better hitting teams in all of baseball. Wells pitched into the 9th inning, giving up just 3ER on 7 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 6 but got a no decision.
Sean Marshall worked out of trouble in the 9th inning and earned the win.
The Cubs manufactured the winning runs in the 10th inning by players who did not start the game. Tyler Colvin led off the inning with a double. Pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome singled and then pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot hit an RBI single knocking in Colvin with the go ahead run. With the bases loaded and just 1 out, Derrek Lee hit an RBI groundout and avoided the double play so that the ultimate winning run could score.
Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs on the board first with a 2-run HR in the 2nd inning. Starlin Castro hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning. That would be the only Cubs scoring until the 10th inning.
The Cubs won Sunday’s rubber match 5-4 as well. Carlos Silva picked up the win (6-0) and Carlos Marmol notched his 9th save of the season. More on Sunday’s win on Monday…