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Soriano, DeWitt both go yard, Cubs swing past Mets

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CHICAGO -- There aren't many positives the Chicago Cubs will take away once this awful season reaches its conclusion, so they'll cling to this one.

They're 7-3 under interim manager Mike Quade. It's small consolation, but it'll do for now.

Alfonso Soriano and Blake DeWitt each hit three-run homers, and the Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Friday.

It was a wild start to a weekend series between two disappointing teams, but the Cubs ultimately did just enough to come away with another win.

"It's unfortunate that Lou [Piniella] had to leave the way he did," pitcher Randy Wells said. "He's a great manager, but when a guy like Quade steps in, it's a little more youthful, a little more energetic."

And the Cubs played with just enough pizzazz to pull out this game.

David Wright delivered a two-run double and scored in the first as the Mets grabbed a 3-0 lead against Wells. Then, with the Cubs ahead 7-4, Wright homered off Andrew Cashner leading off the seventh, giving him three hits.

Things really got interesting when Luis Hernandez started the eighth against Sean Marshall with his second career homer and first since Sept. 27, 2007. That made it 7-6, but the Mets came up short for the fourth time in five games.

The Cubs are showing some spark since Quade took over for the retired Piniella.

"Everybody was happy when Lou was here, but now, we're playing better," Soriano said. "We have to finish strong."

Former Mets outfielder Xavier Nady had three hits. Starlin Castro had a pair of singles for his fifth straight multihit game, but the biggest blows came from Soriano and DeWitt. And both came with two outs against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (9-6).

"I kind of have to step up and own that and be accountable there because anytime we score six runs, we need to win the ball game," Dickey said.

Soriano capped a four-run fourth with his 22nd homer, briefly putting the Cubs ahead 4-3. The Mets tied it in the sixth when Angel Pagan singled with two out and came around on a double to the right-field corner by Lucas Duda, the first hit and RBI of his career.

That chased Wells, who gave up eight hits and was shaky again after going 1-4 in six starts last month. James Russell (1-1) came on and retired a pinch-hitting Carlos Beltran to end the Mets' rally, and the Cubs answered in a big way in the bottom half, giving him his first major league win.

Aramis Ramirez led off with a walk, Nady followed with a single and, with two out, DeWitt drove a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his fifth homer, making it 7-4.

But the Cubs couldn't relax thanks to the homers by Wright and Hernandez, who had come on in the seventh as part of a double switch. The Mets had the tying run on in the ninth after Carlos Marmol walked Joaquin Arias, but he retired Josh Thole on a fly for his 26th save in 31 chances.

It was a rough afternoon for Dickey, who saw his ERA rise from 2.57 to 2.91. The seven runs allowed over six innings were the most for him since Aug. 20, 2008, when he allowed eight for Seattle in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.

"The one to Soriano I can stomach a little bit more because it broke down into his bat path and that's going to happen. The one to DeWitt was just poor execution, poor mechanics," Dickey said. "When I released it I thought it was going to be high. I was hoping he'd either swing under it or take it for a ball. He swung at it, he covered it, it was a mistake and it cost us."

Wells, meanwhile, continues to struggle after a promising rookie season.

"You put yourself in the mindset in spring training that the sophomore jinx or whatever you guys call it isn't real, you can work through it," he said. "The truth of the matter is I think the sophomore jinx is mental. ... I've got a lot of things to work on, it's no secret."

Notes

  • Mets ace Johan Santana remains day to day with a strained left pectoral muscle after leaving Thursday's win over Atlanta.
  • The Cubs will unveil a statue of Hall of Famer Billy Williams outside Wrigley Field before Tuesday's game against Atlanta. The sculpture at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue takes the place of Harry Caray's, which is now by the bleachers entrance.
  • GM Jim Hendry said he had lunch with but did not formally interview Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs' job during a visit to Albuquerque.
 
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Alfonso Soriano is congratulated by Xavier Nady and Marlon Byrd after hitting a three-run HR against the Mets. (AP)
Alfonso Soriano is congratulated by Xavier Nady and Marlon Byrd after hitting a three-run HR against the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

B. DeWitt
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF-RF5230002 .297
Lucas Duda, LF4111113 .083
Chris Carter, RF2000102 .258
   a- Carlos Beltran, PH-CF2000001 .211
David Wright, 3B5233010 .295
Ike Davis, 1B3010212 .248
Joaquin Arias, 2B4001113 .267
Josh Thole, C4000114 .288
Ruben Tejada, SS3010010 .181
   b- Mike Hessman, PH1000001 .139
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
R.A. Dickey, P3000012 .195
    Luis Hernandez, SS1111000 .308
Totals37610667  
a-flied out for Carter in the 6th
b-grounded out for Tejada in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (1, R. Wells), David Wright (33, R. Wells)
HR - David Wright (23, Cashner), Luis Hernandez (1, Marshall)
RBI - Lucas Duda (1), David Wright 3 (90), Joaquin Arias (11), Luis Hernandez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lucas Duda 1
DP - Duda-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (L,9-6) 6877132 2.91
Manny Acosta 1.2200010 3.41
Ryota Igarashi0100000 6.93
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 81-54, Manny Acosta 27-18, Ryota Igarashi 5-3, Pedro Feliciano 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 7-8, Manny Acosta 1-2
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Manny Acosta 6, Ryota Igarashi 1, Pedro Feliciano 1
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4000021 .277
Starlin Castro, SS4120000 .319
Marlon Byrd, CF4120001 .303
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3100103 .239
Xavier Nady, 1B4231010 .262
Geovany Soto, C4000013 .282
Alfonso Soriano, LF4123002 .262
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Blake DeWitt, 2B4123011 .272
Randy Wells, P1000000 .163
    James Russell, P1000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Colvin, LF0000000 .255
Totals33711715  
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (35, Igarashi)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (22, Dickey), Blake DeWitt (5, Dickey)
SH - Randy Wells (9)
RBI - Xavier Nady (28), Alfonso Soriano 3 (72), Blake DeWitt 3 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 3 (31), Blake DeWitt 3 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells 5.2844440 4.56
James Russell (W,1-1) 0.1000000 4.50
Andrew Cashner (H,10) 1111111 5.88
Sean Marshall (H,18) 1111011 2.90
Carlos Marmol (S,26) 1000110 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 103-60, James Russell 7-4, Andrew Cashner 22-13, Sean Marshall 10-9, Carlos Marmol 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 7-6, Andrew Cashner 2-0, Sean Marshall 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 29, James Russell 1, Andrew Cashner 5, Sean Marshall 4, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31424
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Paul Nauert