Cubs make it 5 in a row with win over Diamondbacks
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2013 3:50PM
Updated: May 31, 2013 9:28PM
Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings Friday for the Cubs, whose power surge at the plate continued in a 7-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The smallest crowd of the year at Wrigley Field (24,645) saw a big game from Garza (1-0) against the National League West leaders—and a big game from the Cubs offense with another grand slam home run in their fifth straight victory.
It came from Scott Hairston in the third against Wade Miley (3-5) a day after pitcher Travis Wood had a slam against the White Sox.
The last time the Cubs had grand slams in consecutive games was July 27-28, 1998 when Sammy Sosa did it against Arizona. The last time it happened in Wrigley Field was Sept. 15-16, 1972 by Jim Hickman and pitcher Burt Hooton.
Hairston’s third career slam was one of three Cubs homers, the others a two-run drive in the first from Alfonso Soriano (6th) and a solo homer after Hairston in the third by Cody Ransom (4th).
Garza earned his first victory in his third start since returning from injuries. He worked seven innings, giving up two runs in the sixth when the Diamondbacks got three of their six hits. He walked none and struck out four.
James Russell pitched another scoreless inning—he has allowed only two runs in 20 2/3 innings—and Carlos Villanueva finished with a scoreless ninth.