Samardzija still winless, Cubs fall 4-2 to Yankees

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija did all he could once again to drive a stake through that winless streak with yet another dominant start.

The streak's still going. And now it's at a not-so-sweet 16.

Brendan Ryan scored on Jose Veras' wild pitch before John Ryan Murphy capped a two-run 13th inning with an RBI single, and the New York Yankees beat the Cubs 4-2 Wednesday after Chicago wasted another big effort by Samardzija.

New York scored two in the ninth against Hector Rondon to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. Samardzija pitched four-hit ball over seven innings but remained winless in 16 starts.

"We're not wasting anything," Samardzija said. "With modern technology, every game pretty much gets seen and watched. I don't think it's any secret with what I'm doing. I can get better. I'm doing some things that are good. Let's keep building on that."

It's hard to imagine anyone pitching better than this — or anyone having luck like this.

Ryan started the winning rally with a leadoff single against Veras (0-1). Yangervis Solarte walked, and the runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt toward third by Preston Claiborne (2-0) in his first career plate appearance.

Ryan came home when Veras threw a pitch over Murphy's head, and Murphy drove in Solarte with a single to right to make it 4-2. The Yankees had runners on second and third with two out when Derek Jeter grounded out to end the rally.

Claiborne got the win, pitching 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and David Robertson worked the 13th for his ninth save in nine chances.

He gave up a one-out single to Welington Castillo but retired Nate Schierholtz on a fly and struck out John Baker to end the game after 4 hours, 39 minutes.

Samardzija's winless streak continued even though he lowered his major league-leading ERA from 1.62 to 1.46. If he's frustrated, if he feels like he's being wasted, he's not saying.

Even so, how much longer can he take this?

"I've got a lot left," Samardzija said. "I feel good. You take it with how it goes. It doesn't always go the right way."

Samardzija would have liked to stay in longer. But he insisted he was OK with manager Rick Renteria's decision to go to hand it over to the bullpen and expressed sympathy for Rondon, who came in for the final out in a win previous night.