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November 24, 2014

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Samardzija tosses five scoreless innings in Cubs’ win at Cashman Field

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Stephen R. Sylvanie / Special to the Sun

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija offers a grin as he walks back to the dugout after throwing a scoreless inning against the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Cashman Field. Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for the Chicago Cubs.

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Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Chicago Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Samardzija struck out three and walked one.

The Cubs were unable to capitalize on Nate Schierholtz's leadoff double in the second, but they took a 1-0 lead after Steve Clevenger opened the third with a double and Darwin Barney hit a one-out RBI single. The Cubs increased their lead to 2-0 on Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly later in the third.

Scott Hairston opened the fourth with a homer to left that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs increased their lead to 5-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Dioner Navarro and Brian Bogusevic.

Losing pitcher Nick Tepesch allowed five hits and three runs, struck out two and walked one over five innings for the Rangers.

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