Arizona at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: S. Marshall (1-1) L: J. Gutierrez (0-3)
S: C. Marmol (4)
HR: ARI - M. Reynolds (8), J. Upton (4), M. Reynolds (9)   CHC - A. Soriano (4)

Lee's go-ahead hit marks Cubs' rally over Diamondbacks wire reports

CHICAGO -- His surgically repaired knee finally healed, Alfonso Soriano no longer worries when he steps to the plate.

Now, the burden is on opposing pitchers.

Soriano homered, Derrek Lee delivered the go-ahead two-run single and the Chicago Cubs rallied from three down again to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Saturday.

Soriano's two-run shot off former Cubs pitcher Bob Howry in the seventh tied it at 5, and Lee made it 7-5 with a two-run bases-loaded single in the eighth off Juan Gutierrez (0-3).

"I'm working hard to make the fans happy," said Soriano, who's often booed at home.

Not this time, though.

Not after his second big homer in the past two days. His drive and Lee's big hit made a winner of Sean Marshall (1-1), who pitched two scoreless innings before Carlos Marmol escaped a tense ninth with his fourth save in five chances.

He caught his right ankle on a small hole throwing his first pitch to Cole Gillespie and walked him to lead off the inning. Justin Upton singled with one out and Mark Reynolds -- who hit two solo homers -- walked with two out to load the bases, but Marmol struck Adam LaRoche.

"Marmol's got exceptional stuff, and he's got a big, big heart and pitches with confidence to go along with good stuff," manager Lou Piniella said. "He makes it a little difficult on himself at times."

To that, Marmol said, "I don't want to make it exciting."

There was enough excitement before he stepped on the mound.

Early on, about a dozen protesters outside Wrigley Field handed out leaflets blasting Arizona's new immigration law that makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and lets police question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. The protesters were headed to a larger rally in downtown Chicago.

Inside the old ballpark, the Diamondbacks were making plenty of noise with their bats before the Cubs rallied.

Cubs starter Carlos Silva allowed eight hits over five innings in his shortest outing of the year. His ERA rose from 1.73 to 2.90.

Reynolds hit his eighth and ninth homers, tying teammate Kelly Johnson for the league lead. Upton went deep, but Arizona blew a three-run lead for the second straight day, the bullpen again breaking down and the surging Soriano coming up with another big blow.

Afterward, manager J.J. Hinch laid into his bullpen, saying, "It's a collective group that needs to regain their competitive edge."

Reynolds didn't hold back, either.

"We've got some guys who've proven themselves, veterans," he said. "I keep saying I hope they snap out of it. I hope they do for the sake of the team and for the sanity of a lot of guys in here."

Soriano's tying shot off Howry in the seventh came after he hit the go-ahead three-run homer in Friday's 11-5 win. He also singled and is now 20 for 55 over his last 17 games.

Soriano's homer came after a 3-1 pitch on the outside corner that he thought was ball four. Instead, it was strike two, but no problem.

He knocked the ball deep into the left-center bleachers for his fourth homer.

"People don't realize how hurt he was last year," Lee said.

Soriano batted .241 a year ago before missing the final month and having knee surgery, but he's feeling better.

"That's the most important thing," he said. "I don't think about the knee."

Arizona would just as soon forget about this.

In the eighth, Gutierrez walked Ryan Theriot and Kosuke Fukudome as a wave swept through the stands to load the bases before Lee, who came in with a .205 average, singled past a diving Reynolds at third to make it 7-5.

Arizona starter Dan Haren allowed 10 hits -- the most for him since Aug. 30, 2008 -- over six innings. Haren also had two hits, leading off the third with a double and scoring the game's first run.


  • Theriot had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • RHP Esmailin Caridad, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, could rejoin the Cubs by next weekend "if everything is right," manager Lou Piniella said. Caridad was scheduled to pitch Saturday in Arizona and would likely make several appearances for Triple-A Iowa. When he's activated, he'll replace one of the Cubs' younger relievers, Piniella said, meaning Carlos Zambrano will remain in the bullpen for now.
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His knee feeling healthy, Alfonso Soriano belts a game-tying home run in the seventh inning.  (AP)
His knee feeling healthy, Alfonso Soriano belts a game-tying home run in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010123 .310
Justin Upton, RF5122021 .223
Stephen Drew, SS5000033 .281
Mark Reynolds, 3B4222101 .253
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000113 .280
Chris Young, CF2010201 .286
Gerardo Parra, LF4020002 .259
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Chris Snyder, C4000044 .262
Dan Haren, P3220001 .500
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Cole Gillespie, LF0000100 .304
2B - Dan Haren (2, Silva)
HR - Justin Upton (4, Silva), Mark Reynolds 2 (9, Silva, Silva)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (12), Mark Reynolds 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (8)
SB - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off Silva/Soto)
CS - Chris Young (1, 2nd base by Silva/Soto)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
E - Stephen Drew (3, Misplayed grounder), Juan Gutierrez (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren 61033230 4.50
Bob Howry (BS,1) 1222011 7.59
Juan Gutierrez (L,0-3) 1222210 6.55
WP - Dan Haren (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 111-70, Bob Howry 20-12, Juan Gutierrez 26-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 5-9, Juan Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 29, Bob Howry 5, Juan Gutierrez 7
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4120102 .343
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4021102 .353
Derrek Lee, 1B5122013 .215
Marlon Byrd, CF5120014 .351
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5011013 .155
Alfonso Soriano, LF4222001 .303
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Mike Fontenot, 2B3010110 .306
Geovany Soto, C3111110 .339
    Tyler Colvin, PR-LF0100000 .289
Carlos Silva, P0000000 .143
    Jeff Gray, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1010000 .188
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Dempster, PH1000001 .100
    Koyie Hill, C0000000 .286
a-singled for Gray in the 6th
b-fouled out-bunting for Marshall in the 8th
2B - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (6, Haren, Haren), Marlon Byrd (10, Haren)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (4, Howry)
SH - Carlos Silva 2 (3)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (17), Derrek Lee 2 (14), Aramis Ramirez (14), Alfonso Soriano 2 (13), Geovany Soto (8)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (8)
SB - Marlon Byrd (2, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Snyder)
CS - Mike Fontenot (1, 2nd base by Haren/Snyder)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Theriot-Fontenot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva 5855363 2.90
Jeff Gray 1100010 6.14
Sean Marshall (W,1-1) 2000120 2.57
Carlos Marmol (S,4) 1100230 0.71
WP - Jeff Gray (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 96-57, Jeff Gray 15-8, Sean Marshall 38-23, Carlos Marmol 35-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 3-4, Jeff Gray 1-1, Sean Marshall 2-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 24, Jeff Gray 4, Sean Marshall 7, Carlos Marmol 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40368
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke