Garza Leads Cubs Past Reds

Cubs 4, Reds 3

Monday, Sep 5, 2011  |  Updated 11:26 PM CDT
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Garza Leads Cubs Past Reds

Name: Matt Garza Age: 28 Position: Pitcher Year in League: Five

Matt Garza got enough run support to pull out a rare home win.

Garza pitched effectively into the eighth, Aramis Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run single, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday.

"Garza was fantastic," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He pitched around a couple of mistakes. He hasn't had many leads and he continues to pitch well."

Garza (8-10) gave up six hits and three runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight and walking three to win for just the second time at home since June 27. He had to work around two errors, which increased the Cubs' league-worst total to 118.

"The toughest part is trying to control my own emotions," Garza said. "I'm not going to worry about anybody else."

Garza came in with just four wins in 14 starts at Wrigley Field despite a 2.76 home ERA.

Carlos Marmol finished up for his 32nd save, setting down the Reds in order in his first appearance since allowing a two-out grand slam to Pittsburgh's Derrek Lee on Saturday during his NL-worst ninth blown save.

"I know it's tough for everybody blowing some saves," Marmol said.

"Tomorrow is a new day. Who knows what's going to happen tomorrow?"

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