7/3 Cubs 3, A’s 1
If Wednesday was Matt Garza’s last start for the Cubs, he left a good impression. Garza held the Athletics to four hits over eight innings, Luis Valbuena belted a solo home run, Brian Bogusevic added a RBI double and Alfonso Soriano hit a RBI single to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics and end Bartolo Colon’s eight-game win streak.
There were plenty of scouts among the sellout crowd of 35,067 at O.co Coliseum to watch Garza, whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors since Spring Training. For Garza, it was business as usual. He now has given up three earned runs over his last 30 innings, and won his third straight start.
Starlin Castro was safe on an infield single with one out in the first, moved up on a wild pitch by Colon, his first since May 2009, and scored one out later on Soriano’s single.
Valbuena made it 2-0 with a solo home run with one out in the third that right fielder Josh Reddick just missed. Reddick slammed his glove against the wall in disgust. For Valbuena, it was his second home run in three career at-bats against Colon. Valbuena’s first big league home run came June 7, 2009, off the right-hander when he was with the White Sox.
Dioner Navarro and Bogusevic hit back to back doubles in the eighth.
Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth, and picked up his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
– Carrie Muskat