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Soriano led off the 14th inning with a home run and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday to win their weekend series.
Soriano hit Mike Lincoln's first pitch into the seats in right-center for his 14th homer. He was 0-for-5 before the clutch drive and 10-for-64 (.156) in his previous 15 games.
"I had a tough three weeks, but I haven't lost confidence," Soriano said. "I am just trying to stay healthy and play hard. I made a good swing and hit the ball hard."
Mike Fontenot added an RBI single off Lincoln (1-1) and Reed Johnson doubled in a run for the Cubs, who led 3-1 after six innings and had to go to extras for the fourth time in their last five games, including a 4-3 loss in 11 innings on Saturday.
Rookie David Patton (2-1) pitched the 13th to get the win and Angel Guzman finished for his first career save. Patton got Brandon Phillips to line out to right with runners on first and second to end a Cincinnati threat.
The Reds were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving manager Dusty Baker frustrated about the missed opportunities.
"It should never have gotten that far," Baker said. "We had chances. We couldn't get the big hit. You knew something was going to happen if you let them stick around too long. We should've won that three or four times. If you don't win them when you're supposed to, most of the time, you don't."
The Cubs weren't much better, going 4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
"Both teams squandered a bevy of opportunities," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said. "We hung in there and made some plays and made some pitches."
Randy Wells was in line for his first career victory before the Reds rallied to tie it. The rookie right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Wells has had some tough luck over the first 10 games of his major league career. He is 0-2 with a 1.86 ERA in six starts since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on May 8. He has a 1.64 career ERA but is still looking for his first win.
Bronson Arroyo went seven innings for the Reds, yielding three runs and five hits. He also committed a costly throwing error that led to two unearned runs in the third.
With no outs and runners on first and second, Arroyo fielded Soriano's comebacker and threw wildly to second to leave the bases loaded. The right-hander retired the next two batters before Derrek Lee hit a two-run single to center field to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead and end their 0-for-21 skid with runners in scoring position.
"It wasn't miscommunication," Arroyo said of the error. "Brandon [second baseman Brandon Phillips] didn't see me catch the ball. He was still looking for it on the ground. That split-second when I saw him looking for the ball threw off the timing."
Ryan Theriot connected in the first inning for the Cubs, hitting his first road homer and 13th of his career. It was his first since May 13 and sixth of the season, twice as many as he'd hit in any previous season.
|Alfonso Soriano finally has reason to smile after a long slump with the go-ahead home run in the 14th inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||6||1||1||1||1||1||2||.241|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||6||2||3||1||1||2||5||.291|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||5||1||0||0||1||1||4||.290|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||7||0||1||2||0||1||3||.262|
|Mike Fontenot, 3B||6||0||2||1||1||2||2||.232|
|Reed Johnson, CF||7||0||1||1||0||1||4||.283|
|Koyie Hill, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|a- Milton Bradley, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.218|
|Bobby Scales, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.269|
|Jose Ascanio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jake Fox, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.364|
|David Patton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Carlos Zambrano, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Angel Guzman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andres Blanco, 2B||4||1||2||0||2||0||1||.208|
|Randy Wells, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Jason Waddell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Geovany Soto, PH-C||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.204|
|a-walked for Hill in the 9th|
|b-popped out for Gregg in the 10th|
|c-singled for Ascanio in the 13th|
|d-hit into fielder's choice for Patton in the 14th|
|e-grounded out for Heilman in the 9th|
|2B - Reed Johnson (6, Lincoln)|
|HR - Alfonso Soriano (14, Lincoln), Ryan Theriot (6, Arroyo)|
|SH - Kosuke Fukudome (1), Andres Blanco (2), Randy Wells (2)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano (27), Ryan Theriot (23), Derrek Lee 2 (23), Mike Fontenot (25), Reed Johnson (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (9)|
|CS - Andres Blanco (1, 3rd base by Fisher/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|Jason Waddell (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Aaron Heilman (BS,4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.68|
|David Patton (W,2-1)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||6.06|
|Angel Guzman (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.28|
|IBB - A. Gonzalez by Aaron Heilman, Hernandez by Jose Ascanio|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 91-58, Jason Waddell 6-3, Carlos Marmol 11-3, Aaron Heilman 17-9, Kevin Gregg 15-9, Jose Ascanio 55-35, David Patton 20-13, Angel Guzman 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 8-8, Jason Waddell 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-1, Jose Ascanio 3-3, David Patton 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 28, Jason Waddell 1, Carlos Marmol 2, Aaron Heilman 5, Kevin Gregg 3, Jose Ascanio 13, David Patton 5, Angel Guzman 4|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.252|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Janish, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.283|
|Chris Dickerson, CF-RF||5||0||1||0||2||0||1||.239|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||1||1||0||2||0||5||.276|
|Laynce Nix, RF-LF||6||0||3||0||1||1||2||.277|
|Ramon Hernandez, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.271|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.292|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Rosales, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||5||.223|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.211|
|Carlos Fisher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Micah Owings, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Maloney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||6||1||2||1||0||1||3||.322|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.174|
|c- Jay Bruce, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Willy Taveras, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.257|
|a-struck out for Fisher in the 12th|
|b-struck out for Lincoln in the 14th|
|c-doubled for Arroyo in the 7th|
|d-grounded out for Rhodes in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Dickerson (4, R. Wells), Laynce Nix (12, Ascanio), Jay Bruce (6, R. Wells)|
|SF - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2), Jonny Gomes (1)|
|SH - Ramon Hernandez 2 (4), Willy Taveras (7)|
|RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (18), Jonny Gomes (5), Ryan Hanigan (5)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|DP - Hanigan-Rosales, Janish-B. Phillips-Hernandez|
|E - Bronson Arroyo (2, Throwing), Alex Gonzalez (3, Misplayed grounder), Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, Throwing)|
|Mike Lincoln (L,1-1)||1||4||3||3||2||0||1||9.00|
|IBB - Fontenot by Jared Burton, by Soriano|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 101-62, Arthur Rhodes 11-8, Danny Herrera 9-5, David Weathers 13-9, Jared Burton 43-25, Carlos Fisher 20-14, Francisco Cordero 19-11, Mike Lincoln 27-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 12-8, Arthur Rhodes 3-0, Danny Herrera 1-0, David Weathers 1-0, Jared Burton 3-2, Francisco Cordero 1-1, Mike Lincoln 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Arthur Rhodes 4, Danny Herrera 2, David Weathers 2, Jared Burton 9, Carlos Fisher 4, Francisco Cordero 4, Mike Lincoln 9|
|Attendance - 32629|
|Game Time - 5:13|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Dale Scott|