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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Feldman's effort put Cubs in position to win

By Todd Karpovich
Special to ESPNChicago.com

WASHINGTON -- As Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was throwing a perfect game, the Chicago Cubs' Scott Feldman knew he was going to have be every bit as effective to give his team a chance to win.

After allowing an RBI double in the first, Feldman settled down and was dominant the rest of the way, opening the door for the Cubs to pull out 2-1 victory. Feldman allowed just one run on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks over six innings. He did not earn a decision for the first time in six starts this season, but lowered his ERA from 2.70 to 2.53

"[Gonzalez] was throwing really well and he had really good stuff today," Feldman said. "It was just a battle and we were able to squeeze across a couple of runs there at the end and come away with a series win. It was good team win and hopefully we get some momentum rolling back home."

Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman threw six strong innings for the Cubs on Sunday.
Gonzalez did not allow a run or walk through five innings before giving up a leadoff, infield single to Dioner Navarro in the sixth. The Cubs finally rallied when Gonzalez left after the seventh. Chicago wound up scoring the winning run on a error by Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki in the ninth.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Feldman has been a model of consistency all season.

"Another great outing," Sveum said. "In the first inning, after the double, he looked like he was struggling, but he was really pitching around some guys who you didn't want to beat you. Obviously, he settled down and pitched really, really well."

The Cubs won a series in Washington for the first time since 2010 after also chasing Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. They picked up their second straight win and have won four of their past six.

"To come back and win back-to-back games against the two best pitchers in baseball showed me a lot about these guys," Sveum said.