Silva Leads Cubs Past A’s

The Cubs defeated the Oakland A’s  3-1 Wednesday and Carlos Silva had his best performance of a difficult spring.

The right-hander came in with a 15.88 ERA, but allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He also had three strikeouts in what should be his last appearance before manager Mike Quade finalizes his pitching staff.

Silva, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, had allowed 20 earned runs in his previous 11 1-3 innings.

Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out six. Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano had RBI singles in the first inning.

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