Alfonso Soriano’s two homers power Cubs past Pirates
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Alfonso Soriano’s hot bat backed a good effort from starter Edwin Jackson in the Cubs’ 4-1 victory over the National League-leading Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at Wrigley Field.
Soriano provided all the scoring with a pair of two-run homers off Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-2), who worked six innings.
Soriano’s homers in the fourth and fifth gave him 32 career multihomer games and 176 home runs as a Cub.
He moved ahead of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson into 12th place on the Cubs’ all-time list. He’s tied for 59th on the career major-league home-run list.
Jackson (5-10) earned his second consecutive win, limiting the Pirates to one run, a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez in the fourth. The Pirates had only three other singles.
Soriano had three home runs on the Cubs’ recently concluded 10-day road trip. He has 12 this season with 43 RBI.
The Cubs had seven hits off Morton, including a double by Anthony Rizzo. He was on base for Soriano’s first homer.
Luis Valbuena had two singles and Welington Castillo a single and a double.
Cubs relievers James Russell and newcomer Matt Guerrier held the Pirates scoreless before Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 15th save.