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San Diego at Chicago

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Chi. Cubs (24-16) «12102110x8140

Cubs 8, Padres 5

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CHICAGO -- Ted Lilly has located his strikeout pitch, and Alfonso Soriano has found his batting eye and his power.

It was a strong combination Wednesday night, one that ganged up on the San Diego Padres and led the Chicago Cubs to an 8-5 victory.

Lilly fanned 11 in six innings to get his third consecutive victory and Soriano had his second leadoff home run in as many nights while continuing a recent tear.

"I don't think I just stand out there and try to throw fastballs by guys," said Lilly, who has back-to-back double digit strikeout games for the first time in his career.

"I have to mix my pitches and change speeds and locate the ball and things like that. And at times, when I got my curveball going, I'm going to get some strikeouts on it. But I'm not going to say I'm a power pitcher."

Backed by three RBI apiece from Soriano and Geovany Soto, who also homered, Lilly (4-4) allowed six hits and four runs in six innings. After striking out 10 against Arizona in his previous start, he fanned eight in the first four innings. He left after throwing 102 pitches on a 46-degree night.

Cubs pitchers combined to strike out 15 against the Padres, whose 308 strikeouts are second in the major leagues behind Florida's 326.

Soriano, who has three home runs in as many games, is 10-for-19 during the past five games after a very slow start that included a trip to the disabled list. He also had a key two-run single in the second inning after a wild pitch by Jake Peavy on a third strike to Lilly allowed the pitcher to reach. The single gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

"I feel great. I'm swinging the bat really well," said Soriano, who was booed early in the 10-game homestand. "That's part of the game. It motivates me to try to make myself a better player."

Peavy (4-3) needed 87 pitches to make it through four innings. He gave up four runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked two. But the third-strike wild pitch was the most costly.

"It would have been a different game. I still had the chance to make some pitches to Soriano there," Peavy said.

"But I'd much rather get Ted Lilly out there than have to face Soriano, but I didn't. I have to make better pitches. I'm obviously just frustrated. I have to do better than that. Having to get pulled after four is embarrassing."

Manager Bud Black said Peavy's pitch count got high in a short amount of time and decided to pinch-hit for his standout starter in the fifth with two on.

"Jake's stuff was OK. The slider was effective. You saw that he had eight strikeouts. The fastball command was probably not Jake-like," Black said.

"It doesn't happen often. I think over the last couple of years, he has the most quality starts of anybody. This guy is one of the best pitchers in the game, so it's a rare occurrence."

Soto's RBI single in the third made it 4-0, but San Diego closed within a run in the fifth on Tadahito Iguchi's two-run single and Lilly's run-scoring wild pitch.

Soto's seventh home run, a two-run drive off Wilfredo Ledezma, put Chicago up 6-3 in the fifth. Khalil Greene's sacrifice fly cut the margin, but Aramis Ramirez had an RBI double in the sixth and Johnson a run-scoring double an inning later off Bryan Corney to make it 8-4.

Iguchi hit a bases-loaded single off Kerry Wood with two outs in the ninth before Brian Giles flied out.

Notes

It was Peavy's shortest outing since going four innings against Arizona last Sept. 5. ... Soriano has 46 career leadoff home runs, third in major league history behind Rickey Henderson (81) and Craig Biggio (53). ... Peavy made a nice diving catch of Soriano's pop in the fourth. ... Lilly has 12 double-digit strikeout games overall.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

T. Iguchi
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, CF-LF5110034 .229
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5023030 .259
Brian Giles, RF4000124 .259
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3100011 .290
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4010011 .272
Khalil Greene, SS3001000 .213
Justin Huber, LF3110021 .206
    Bryan Corey, P0000000 .000
    Justin Germano, P0000000 .375
   a- Tony Clark, PH1110000 .241
Josh Bard, C4120021 .216
Jake Peavy, P1010000 .333
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000002 .429
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Jody Gerut, CF1000110 .192
Totals35594215  
a-singled for Germano in the 9th
b-flied out for Peavy in the 5th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (7, Lilly), Josh Bard (7, Wood)
SF - Khalil Greene (5)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 3 (14), Khalil Greene (18)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 3 (9)
Team LOB - 7
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (L,4-3) 4744281 2.91
Wil Ledezma 1.2533011 2.63
Bryan Corey 1.1211000 8.64
Justin Germano 1000000 5.63
WP - Jake Peavy (3), Bryan Corey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 87-61, Wil Ledezma 46-29, Bryan Corey 22-14, Justin Germano 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 2-3, Wil Ledezma 2-2, Bryan Corey 3-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 22, Wil Ledezma 10, Bryan Corey 6, Justin Germano 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5123002 .250
Ryan Theriot, SS4120111 .336
Derrek Lee, 1B5000005 .305
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5121021 .280
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5230001 .322
Geovany Soto, C4123012 .321
Mark DeRosa, 2B4120013 .287
Reed Johnson, CF3111123 .256
Ted Lilly, P2000022 .231
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
Totals37814829  
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (11, Ledezma), Kosuke Fukudome (11, Peavy), Reed Johnson (6, Corey)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (6, Peavy), Geovany Soto (7, Ledezma)
SH - Ted Lilly (4), Carlos Marmol (1)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 3 (18), Aramis Ramirez (26), Geovany Soto 3 (29), Reed Johnson (17)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,4-4) 66441110 5.33
Carlos Marmol (H,10) 2000030 1.04
Kerry Wood 1311110 4.05
HBP - Gonzalez (by Ted Lilly)
WP - Ted Lilly (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 102-69, Carlos Marmol 21-16, Kerry Wood 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 1-6, Kerry Wood 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Carlos Marmol 6, Kerry Wood 7
Game Information
Attendance - 39650
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tom Hallion