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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.

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