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Youth helps Cubs notch elusive road win

Youth helps Cubs notch elusive road win

Youth helps Cubs notch elusive road win
CINCINNATI -- Things have seemed to go wrong all season when the Cubs leave the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

Chicago is 17-44 away from the Windy City, but managed to scrape out a win Saturday night at Cincinnati -- its first road win in its past 10 attempts.

"I think it's one thing that's very difficult to do in baseball, for some reason, is nowadays to win on the road," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "All the best teams, and even some of the teams that are good are still under .500 on the road. Obviously ours is still far and above that. I think veteran teams seem to do it."

"Veteran" is a word not often associated with the Cubs this season, and Saturday night's victory was bolstered by the efforts of the youngsters in the clubhouse.

The nine runs began with Brett Jackson's first career home run, backing starter Brooks Raley in his first career win.

"Obviously I've never played [in Cincinnati] before and that was a big crowd," Raley said after his benchmark win. "I was trying to handle all the emotions of taking each pitch as it comes."

Sveum is hoping the younger Cubs, who could be a big part of the organization's future going forward, are taking their road blows early to lay the groundwork for later success.

"You have to find the same enthusiasms you do at home," Sveum said. "I don't know what reasons are, or what. It's a strange thing. It's hard to explain. There's no rhyme or reason."

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