MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeff Samardzija knew exactly what he needed to do to get back on track after a subpar outing.
Samardzija pitched six innings of three-hit ball to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
The right-hander had a solid season while working as a reliever in 2011, but new manager Dale Sveum told him he wanted him to make the switch to a starting spot. He pitched well in his first three starts, but gave up seven runs and seven hits against Colorado on Friday.
"I was cruising and I let it get in my head a little bit," he said Wednesday. "I came out today and made a little adjustment from the last time out. It's amazing what kind of a difference that can make."
On his new role, the 27-year-old Samardzija said: "I feel great, but I'm not going to worry about it (making the rotation)."
Samardzija also got a hit in his second straight game. This one was a leadoff triple in the fifth that rolled under the glove of diving left fielder Russ Canzler . But Samardzija was stranded.
His teammates picked him up with two runs in the sixth on singles by Bryan LaHair and Joe Mather .
Samardzija takes pride in other aspects of his game.
"I've said all along that I want to be an athlete, run the bases and field my position," the ex-Notre Dame wide receiver said.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol pitched the seventh inning in his second appearance since leaving a game on March 20 with numbness in his pitching hand. He struck out one and walked one.
Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin yielded two runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is making a bid to be a part of manager Manny Acta's rotation.
Acta said Tomlin (0-3, 7.15 ERA in six games, four starts) threw 86 pitches, but was not on a pitch count.
"If you go by the pitch count, then the other guys (pitchers) don't get their work," Acta said.
"He has a good curveball. It is a pitch he needs to pitch effectively."
The Indians lost their sixth straight and are 2-9 in their last 11 games.
Acta was asked when his offense will need to get going.
"On the 5th (of April, opening day against Toronto). That would be a good day," Acta said. "As long as we're healthy, I think we are going to be OK offensively."
NOTES: The Indians released INF Cristian Guzman and reassigned OF Fred Lewis to their minor league camp. ... Jason Kipnis had two of Cleveland's five hits, including a double off Samardzija to lead off the game. ... LaHair is 12 for 26 with six doubles and four RBIs in his last seven games.