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Cubs light up Mets to end four-game losing skid

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Lou Piniella gathered his team together for a quick pep talk Wednesday, urging his players to relax and have fun.

It was Sweet Lou at just the right time for the Chicago Cubs.

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Carlos Silva added six crisp innings to his surprising comeback, Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the New York Mets 9-3 to snap a four-game skid.

"It was a very important win for us," Soriano said.

Silva (2-0) tweaked his right wrist during his first at-bat but still managed to post his third consecutive quality start, yielding one run and two hits. He has allowed two earned runs in 19 innings for a microscopic 0.95 ERA in his first year with Chicago after two rocky seasons in Seattle.

"We had a good meeting today, really nice word from Lou," Silva said. "I don't know. It seemed like a very different team today. Everybody was screaming, laughing. I think it was having fun a little bit today."

Another record-low Citi Field crowd watched as the Mets' late rally against Chicago's floundering bullpen ran out of gas. This time the announced attendance was 25,684, lower than the second-year ballpark's previous mark of 25,982 set April 8 for a game against Florida.

Soriano finished with three hits and three RBI for the Cubs, who scored only six runs during their losing streak. Marlon Byrd also drove in three runs and Ryan Theriot collected three singles, including a run-scoring hit in Chicago's three-run seventh.

"A lot of guys had good games offensively," Piniella said.

The Mets began the eighth with three consecutive hits off Sean Marshall, including slumping slugger David Wright's RBI single that got New York within three. But Justin Berg retired three straight to end the threat and Carlos Marmol got the final three outs.

Concerned about a handful of slumping relievers, Piniella announced before the game that ace right-hander Carlos Zambrano was moving to the bullpen. Zambrano could make his first relief appearance since 2002 as soon as Friday.

Rod Barajas hit his third home run for New York, which finished with six hits. Mets first baseman Ike Davis also turned in an outstanding catch in the first, tumbling over the dugout railing to grab Jeff Baker's popup.

"I dove out a little too far and I had to bring the ball back to me," Davis said. "I grabbed the post and sort of rolled over it. I landed on my feet."

The Cubs acquired Silva and cash from the Mariners for Milton Bradley in a swap underperforming players in December. He won five games during two injury-plagued seasons with Seattle after signing a $48 million, four-year contract.

"I am a guy, it doesn't matter what everybody says about me," Silva said. "I never give up. Just keep working, keep working and everything happens for a reason. Right now, thank God everything is going well but a long way to go, long season."

Oliver Perez (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in five innings for New York. The erratic left-hander was coming off one of his best starts in two years, pitching into the seventh inning in a no-decision at St. Louis.

"Some days you don't have all your pitches," he said. "That's what was happening to me today. My fastball wasn't going where I wanted to so I had to throw a lot more changeups and breaking balls."

Soriano tripled and scored on Geovany Soto's single in the fourth to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The slugger, who is batting .464 (13 for 28) with five RBI in his last nine games, added an RBI single in the fifth and his second home run of the season in the seventh.

Notes

  • Piniella said 3B Aramis Ramirez will rest on Thursday. Ramirez went 0 for 6 with two strikeouts, which lowered his average to .131.
  • Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he's thinking about shaking up his lineup.
  • New York placed reliever Ryota Igarashi on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled fellow RHP Manny Acosta from Triple-A Buffalo. Acosta allowed three runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Cubs.
  • Cubs OF Xavier Nady received his 2009 World Series ring when New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman surprised him at Citi Field before the game. "It was pretty special," Nady said.
 
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Cubs third-base coach Mike Quade greets Alfonso Soriano after his seventh-inning home run.  (US Presswire)
Cubs third-base coach Mike Quade greets Alfonso Soriano after his seventh-inning home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5231110 .254
Jeff Baker, 2B6110019 .226
Derrek Lee, 1B5011125 .245
Marlon Byrd, CF4223101 .281
Aramis Ramirez, 3B6000025 .131
Alfonso Soriano, LF4233100 .327
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF0000000 .275
Geovany Soto, C2121300 .333
Tyler Colvin, RF-LF5120014 .261
Carlos Silva, P2000122 .167
   a- Xavier Nady, PH0000100 .250
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Koyie Hill, PH0000000 .308
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals39914999  
a-walked for Silva in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Grabow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (5, Perez), Tyler Colvin (2, Valdes)
3B - Alfonso Soriano (1, Perez)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (2, Acosta)
SF - Marlon Byrd (1)
SH - Koyie Hill (2)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (5), Derrek Lee (9), Marlon Byrd 3 (13), Alfonso Soriano 3 (6), Geovany Soto (3)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (7), Marlon Byrd 2 (11), Alfonso Soriano (2)
Team LOB - 14
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva (W,2-0) 6211241 0.95
Sean Marshall 1422010 3.86
Justin Berg (H,2) 0.2000000 4.50
John Grabow (H,2) 0.1000010 9.00
Carlos Marmol 1000110 1.17
HBP - Wright (by Carlos Silva)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 87-58, Sean Marshall 21-14, Justin Berg 3-2, John Grabow 3-3, Carlos Marmol 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 4-10, Justin Berg 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 23, Sean Marshall 7, Justin Berg 2, John Grabow 1, Carlos Marmol 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5110001 .220
Luis Castillo, 2B4111000 .277
David Wright, 3B2011110 .240
Jason Bay, LF3010111 .241
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000004 .281
Ike Davis, 1B4010011 .273
Rod Barajas, C4111021 .204
Angel Pagan, CF3000101 .279
Oliver Perez, P1000000 .200
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000010 .179
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .333
   b- Fernando Tatis, PH1000001 .192
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   c- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000011 .143
Totals3336337  
a-struck out for Perez in the 5th
b-fouled out for Valdes in the 7th
c-struck out for Takahashi in the 9th
Batting
3B - Luis Castillo (1, Marshall)
HR - Rod Barajas (3, Silva)
RBI - Luis Castillo (5), David Wright (7), Rod Barajas (7)
SB - David Wright (6, 2nd base off Silva/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
E - David Wright (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (L,0-2) 5832340 3.71
Manny Acosta 1.1233231 20.25
Raul Valdes 0.2200110 1.08
Hisanori Takahashi 2233310 4.50
IBB - Theriot by Hisanori Takahashi
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 97-64, Manny Acosta 38-21, Raul Valdes 23-14, Hisanori Takahashi 40-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 5-6, Raul Valdes 1-0, Hisanori Takahashi 3-2
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 26, Manny Acosta 8, Raul Valdes 5, Hisanori Takahashi 11
Game Information
Attendance - 25684
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Todd Tichenor