Jeff Samardzija's first Major League start was one he'd rather forget.
The rookie right-hander served up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies romped, 12-5, on Wednesday night over the Cubs to hand veteran Pedro Martinez the win.
Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez each hit three-run homers in an eight-run fourth to back Martinez (1-0), making his first start for the Phillies and first in the Major Leagues since a no-decision last Sept. 25 against the Cubs for the New York Mets. In that game, Chicago collected five runs on seven hits over six innings. Lou Piniella wasn't sure what to expect Wednesday from the three-time Cy Young winner.
"Pedro was a dominating front-line starting pitcher, a competitor, had great stuff and was a winner," Piniella said before the game.
Martinez wasn't unhittable. He gave up a RBI single to Jeff Baker in the second, driving in Kosuke Fukudome, who had doubled. The Cubs loaded the bases in the fifth and Milton Bradley hit an RBI single and Jake Fox added a sacrifice fly to center, which resulted in Shane Victorino being doused by a beer from the bleachers. For the game, Martinez served up seven hits, walked one and struck out five.
Samardzija (1-2), who had appeared in 16 games in relief this year, was making a spot start for injured Carlos Zambrano, on the disabled list with back spasms. The first five Phillies hits off the rookie were all for extra bases, including an RBI double by Chase Utley and an RBI triple by Ryan Howard. Victorino smacked his ninth home run with one on in the third to go ahead, 4-1.
Then it got ugly. Samardzija gave up three straight hits in the fourth, and a run scored on a throwing error by Fukudome. Samardzija got Martinez to ground out, and was then pulled. Rollins launched the first pitch from Sean Marshall into the left-field seats for his 15th homer and an 8-1 lead. Marshall also served up Ibanez's blast, his 27th, and a RBI single to Pedro Feliz.
Samardzija is one of eight rookie pitchers the Cubs have used this season, and combined, they're now 12-8 in 77 games, including 18 starts.