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Morning Box Score: Cubs 3-0 Post Big Z Blowup

By Chuck Sudo in News on Aug 16, 2011 1:00PM

Cubs 4,Astros 3

We have no clue as to why Mike Quade uses his bullpen the way he does, but when it works, it works well. James Russell, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Kerry Wood combined for 4-2/3 innings of scoreless relief to preserve a win for Rodrigo Lopez at Minute Maid Park. Wood picked up his first save on a night when Quade decided to give Carlos Marmol the night off after pitching in back-to-back games. Funny, we thought the job of a closer was to save a game when the score was close. Carlos Pena and Geovany Soto each drove in two runs with doubles to account for the Cubs scoring.