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Samardzija Rebounds From Bad Start For Cubs

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the spring training game at HoHoKam Park on March 28, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the spring training game at HoHoKam Park on March 28, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Jeff Samardzija rebounded from a subpar effort in his previous start to give up three hits in six shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 2-0 victory over Cleveland at HoHoKam Stadium on Wednesday.

The right-hander had given up seven runs on 10 hits in his last start against Colorado on March 23.

Samardzija also hit a triple to lead off the fifth inning but remained stranded.

The Cubs scored two runs on four hits in the sixth. Bryan LaHair and Joe Mather each drove in a run against Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin.

Leadoff man Jason Kipnis had two of the Indians’ five hits, including a double.

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