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.
The Sports Network