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Cubs stay hot on road, club Braves in doubleheader opener

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Alfonso Soriano issued an apology to his team and a challenge to the Atlanta Braves after the Chicago Cubs won again on the road.

Geovanny Soto and Jim Edmonds homered, Jason Marquis defeated his old team and the Cubs routed the Braves 10-2 Wednesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Soriano was booed by Cubs fans after he stood and watched a long fly ball hit the left-field wall for a long single in the eighth. Soriano didn't run to first, apparently thinking the ball would clear the fence.

He was stranded on third base when the inning ended.

"I apologized to him and I apologized to my teammates," Soriano said after speaking with manager Lou Piniella. "I said that's not going to happen again."

Watching possible homers without running has been an issue throughout Soriano's big league career. He was criticized by the Yankees following the 2001 AL championship series opener for failing to run out a ball he thought was a home run against Seattle and getting only to first base when it clanked off the wall.

"I talked to Alfonso about it, and I told him that he's one of our leaders here and there's no reason for that," Piniella said. "He apologized and said it won't happen again. Over."

Soriano's pose at the plate may have prompted Braves left-hander Francisley Bueno, who made his major league debut, to throw a pitch behind Soriano's head in the ninth. Bueno immediately was ejected by plate umpire Ed Rapuano.

"We've got pitchers who can do that to the other team, too," Soriano said. "They do that to us, why can't we do that to them?"

Soto hit a two-run homer off Bueno earlier in the ninth.

"That's part of the game," Soto said of the pitch behind Soriano's head. "You have to live with that stuff. It's been around since the beginning of the game."

By stretching a road winning streak to six for the first time since May 17-June 2, 2005, the NL Central leaders improved their road record to 27-30. The Cubs swept three games from the Braves at home from June 10-12 and have outscored Atlanta 30-11 this season.

Chicago (72-47) moved 25 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 1984 season at 96-55.

Marquis (8-7) gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win against Atlanta, his first major league team. Marquis was 0-3 with a 14.04 ERA in his first four starts against the Braves.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected by third base umpire Joe West in the top of the fifth. Cox never left the dugout but complained when West halted play for the lights to be turned on after Braves reliever Vladimir Nunez warmed up. Cox has been ejected a record 142 times, including seven this season.

Cox said West said he wanted the lights on for a complete inning, giving each team's batters the same lighting on a cloudy day. West asked for the lights to be turned on in the fourth, but when they were slow to come on, Piniella asked for the lights to be turned off later in the inning, causing a delay.

Charlie Morton (3-6) gave up four runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Soto, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI, hit a two-run double in the second against Morton and a two-run homer in the ninth off Bueno.

Edmonds hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to left in the third and had an RBI in the three-run fifth.

Notes

  • RF Kosuke Fukudome was 0-for-4 with a walk for Chicago and is 3-for-32 (.093) in August.
  • The Cubs drew six walks and lead the majors with 468.
  • Morton is 0-5 with a 9.00 in six home starts.
 
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It takes a fifth start against his former team, but Jason Marquis beats the Braves for the first time. (AP)
It takes a fifth start against his former team, but Jason Marquis beats the Braves for the first time. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Edmonds
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF6120023 .300
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4000103 .267
Derrek Lee, 1B5010001 .290
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4221103 .280
Jim Edmonds, CF3323101 .245
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-CF1000012 .299
Mark DeRosa, 2B3321200 .279
Geovany Soto, C5134001 .285
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Ryan Theriot, SS4021111 .316
Jason Marquis, P3000023 .174
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000001 .278
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   c- Henry Blanco, PH-C1000001 .293
Totals4010141066  
a-struck out for Edmonds in the 8th
b-popped out for Cotts in the 7th
c-flied out for Samardzija in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (31, Nunez), Jim Edmonds (16, Nunez), Mark DeRosa (21, Nunez), Geovany Soto (28, Morton)
HR - Jim Edmonds (16, Morton), Geovany Soto (18, Bueno)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (76), Jim Edmonds 3 (47), Mark DeRosa (67), Geovany Soto 4 (67), Ryan Theriot (32)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (25)
SB - Mark DeRosa (5, 3rd base off Carlyle/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Theriot-DeRosa-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (W,8-7) 5.1622210 4.67
Neal Cotts 0.2000010 3.22
Jeff Samardzija 2200020 1.32
Bob Howry 1100000 5.11
HBP - Escobar (by Jason Marquis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 93-56, Neal Cotts 10-7, Jeff Samardzija 29-20, Bob Howry 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 9-5, Jeff Samardzija 2-2
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 24, Neal Cotts 2, Jeff Samardzija 8, Bob Howry 4
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, RF4010111 .262
Yunel Escobar, SS4010002 .278
Chipper Jones, 3B3010100 .370
Brian McCann, C3110004 .305
    Clint Sammons, C1000001 .316
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000012 .276
Omar Infante, LF4131000 .314
Mark Kotsay, CF4011013 .288
Kelly Johnson, 2B3000012 .269
    Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .218
Charlie Morton, P0000000 .100
    Buddy Carlyle, P1000000 .250
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .257
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Martin Prado, 2B2010000 .314
Totals3529224  
a-flied out for Boyer in the 9th
b-grounded out for Carlyle in the 4th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (31, Marquis), Omar Infante (16, Marquis), Mark Kotsay (14, Marquis)
RBI - Omar Infante (26), Mark Kotsay (34)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Kotchman
E - Brian McCann (5, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Charlie Morton (L,3-6) 2.1444431 6.11
Buddy Carlyle 1.2000010 3.54
Vladimir Nunez 2544110 5.06
Francisley Bueno 2.1522111 7.71
Blaine Boyer 0.2000000 4.79
WP - Vladimir Nunez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 70-38, Buddy Carlyle 26-17, Vladimir Nunez 53-35, Francisley Bueno 51-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 2-2, Buddy Carlyle 2-2, Vladimir Nunez 3-2, Francisley Bueno 1-5
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 15, Buddy Carlyle 5, Vladimir Nunez 12, Francisley Bueno 13, Blaine Boyer 1
Game Information
Attendance - 27220
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West