Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano stroked two of Chicago's five
home runs to back another quality start from All-Star Travis Wood, as the Cubs
downed the LA Angles of Anaheim, 7-2, Tuesday in the first of two straight
meetings at Wrigley Field.
Soriano, who's homered eight times in his last 11 games, smacked a pair of
solo shots, while Darwin Barney belted a three-run blast for the Cubs, who
have won four straight games. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each added a
solo homer in the victory.
The home-run barrage provided more than enough run support for Wood (6-6), who
snapped a six-start winless skid and recorded his first victory since May 30
by striking out five and scattering four hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings
of two-run ball.
Wood notched his 17th quality start in his 18th start of the season, becoming
the first Cub to record 17 quality starts prior to the All-Star break since
Greg Maddux did so in 1988.
LA starter Joe Blanton (2-11) was tagged for six runs on eight hits and three
walks over five-plus frames to absorb the loss.
Albert Pujols' two-run shot in the seventh accounted for all the offense for
the Angels, who had won their last seven road games.
Rizzo and Soriano smacked back-to-back, two-out homers in the first to get the
Cubs on the board. Rizzo scorched a 2-2 sinker into the bleachers in right and
Soriano followed two pitches later with a towering drive to left to double
Castro crushed a 2-0 fastball into the center-field seats to push the margin
to 3-0 in the third before Barney belted Chicago's fourth homer of the night
in the sixth, a three-run blast into the first row in left to make it 6-0.
The Halos finally got to Wood in the seventh, as Mike Trout worked a leadoff
walk and Pujols followed with a drive into left-center field to bring LA
Mark Trumbo worked a two-out walk to keep the inning alive before Alberto
Callaspo ripped a double into the left-field corner to chase Wood from the
Matt Guerrier entered and walked pinch-hitter Hank Conger to load the bases,
but escaped unscathed by fanning pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe on three pitches.
Soriano smashed a one-out shot in the home half to account for the final
It was Soriano's 33rd career multi-HR game and third this season ... Pujols
has 27 home runs in 87 career games at Wrigley Field ... The Angels are
visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since June of 2010 ... LA outfielder
Josh Hamilton went 0-for-4 to snap his 12-game hitting streak.
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