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ARI@CHC: Galarraga beats Cubs in '11 debut

D-backs starter Armando Galarraga is not concerned with numbers on the back of his baseball card.

He's focused on results, not statistics.

It's hard to blame him. Galarraga has three wins in four starts. He also has an ERA of 6.00.

On Friday, he'll take on the Cubs in the second game of the four-game series at Chase Field. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano, who, like Galarraga, is from Venezuela.

The D-backs have won three of their last four games but should expect a challenge from the streaking Zambrano as he tries to end the Cubs' four-game losing skid.

The right-hander had gone 10-0 since Aug. 14, but was rocked for five runs in the first inning against the Dodgers in his last start. He gave up six runs, all earned, in five innings against Los Angeles in the loss.

He is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six games against the D-backs.

As for Galarraga, he struggled with his location against the Mets in his last outing on Sunday and paid the price, allowing six runs. He lasted just three innings after going at least five innings in each of his three prior starts.

He gave up four runs in seven innings against the Cubs for the victory in his first start of the season. Overall, he's 2-0 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 career innings against Chicago.

His ERA aside, Galarraga does have a few statistics worth noting.

He is 8-1 with 3.13 ERA with 27 walks and 56 strikeouts in 11 April starts during his career. He ranks 16th in wins in the month while his ERA ranks 22nd.

Cubs: Aramis reaching with regularity
Aramis Ramirez has reached base in his first 23 games to start the season. It's the longest streak since Derrek Lee reached base in his first 32 games of the 2007. Alfonso Soriano also reached base in his first 31 games that season.

• Cubs right-hander Casey Coleman is slated to start Sunday's finale at Chase Field.

• Kosuke Fukudome has batted leadoff in 10 games this season and owns a .529 average (18-for-34) in that role. He has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games.

D-backs: Heilman nearing return
Aaron Heilman, who has been out of action since April 14 because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, threw another bullpen session Thursday and the reliever could be close to returning to action. Heilman said that he expects to face hitters in a simulated game at Chase Field on Sunday and then he should be ready to be activated.

• Closer J.J. Putz has set a club record with five consecutive saves to open the season, surpassing Mike Morgan's three straight from April 5-13, 2000. Putz's five saves are tied for seventh most in the National League and 10th most in the Major Leagues.

Worth noting
The D-backs are 11-13 to start the season while facing teams with a .500 or better record from 2010 in 27 of their first 37 games, including 15 of the first 18 games. ... The D-backs' Chris Young matched the franchise record for hits in an inning with two. It was the first time in his career he accomplished the feat. ... Russell Branyan is hitting .367 in his seven starts this year. ... Arizona's seven first-inning runs Thursday almost matched the team's total runs scored in first inning for the entire season. They had scored a total of nine runs in the first frame before Thursday. Comments