SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Drenched and reeking of the cheap beer his teammates sprayed on him, Jeff Samardzija stood at his locker soaking in a long-awaited win.
"I smell great," Samardzija said, smiling. "I'd rather just drink the beer than them pour it on me."
Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first victory since last August, leading the Chicago Cubs past the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Monday.
Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth to help snap his 16-start winless streak.
The right-hander entered with six no-decisions in his first 10 outings this year despite leading the majors with a 1.46 ERA. Chicago had lost nine of Samardzija's first 10 starts.
"I think it's a relief for him. Everybody's wanted him to have a victory," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
Nate Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season and Darwin Barney drove in two runs to help the Cubs come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs for the Giants, who had won four in a row. Sandoval has five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last eight games.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings while filling in for injured starter Matt Cain, who was scratched after exiting his last outing with a strained right hamstring. Petit struck out five and walked none.
Left-hander David Huff, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, allowed four runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings of relief as the Cubs provided plenty of runs to back Samardzija's long-sought victory.
"He's got gasoline in his arm," Giants catcher Hector Sanchez said of Samardzija, whose fastball regularly reached 96 mph on the ballpark's radar.
Samardzija had not won since Aug. 24 at San Diego last season, mostly because of a lack of support from his lowly club. He has allowed more than two runs only twice this year, including Monday.
"Guys played amazingly out there for me today, and I know they've been wanting it as much as I did," Samardzija said.
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