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“I smell great,” Samardzija said, smiling. “I’d rather just drink the beer than them pour it on me.”
Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth to help snap his 16-start winless streak.
“I think it’s a relief for him. Everybody’s wanted him to have a victory,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
Nate Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season and Darwin Barney drove in two runs to help the Cubs come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings while filling in for injured starter Matt Cain, who was scratched after exiting his last outing with a strained right hamstring. Petit struck out five and walked none.
Left-hander David Huff, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, allowed four runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings of relief as the Cubs provided plenty of runs to back Samardzija’s long-sought victory.
Samardzija had not won since Aug. 24 at San Diego last season, mostly because of a lack of support from his lowly club. He has allowed more than two runs only twice this year, including Monday.
“Guys played amazingly out there for me today, and I know they’ve been wanting it as much as I did,” Samardzija said.
Justin Grimm got three outs in the eighth and Neil Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth.
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