Chicago at Arizona

Chi. Cubs
W: M. Garza (1-3) L: J. Putz (0-1)
S: C. Marmol (7)
HR: CHC - A. Soriano (10)   ARI - None

Soriano, Garza lead Cubs past Diamondbacks wire reports

PHOENIX -- Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade admittedly was wrong Saturday night. His timing right, though.

Darwin Barney singled up the middle to score Geovany Soto in a wild top of the ninth inning that included Quade's first career ejection and the Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.

"He knows what he's doing," Barney said of his manager. "He can get us riled up any time he wants. It was a good time for it."

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Quade got heated after a close call on the bases. With Marlon Byrd on first, Soto bunted back to reliever J.J. Putz (0-1), who threw off-target second. Shortstop Stephen Drew made a dive to his right to catch the ball, barely keeping a toe on the bag to force Byrd.

Quade argued with second-base umpire Dan Bellino and was ejected. Quade then retreated to the Cubs' clubhouse and saw the replay.

"Let's start with that," Quade said. "I'm very angry. And I'm very wrong. Dan got it right. I was mad at everything and couldn't believe Drew kept his foot on the bag."

After Quade departed and Tyler Colvin walked, Kosuke Fukudome grounded back to the mound. Putz threw to Drew for the second out of the inning but the shortstop double-clutched the throw to first baseman Russell Branyan and Fukudome was safe while Soto advanced to third.

"Stephen did everything he could and Russell (Branyan) had a good stretch but he just beat it," Putz said. "It was just me not making a good pitch with two strikes on a guy, getting ahead but just not being able to finish."

Barney followed with a sharp single off the mound to give Chicago a 4-3 lead. Starlin Castro then singled to make it a two-run game.

"Everyone's battling," Barney said. "This team doesn't give up. We're just trying to enjoy it, thrive on it and keep winning."

Alfonso Soriano hit his 10th home run, tying him with Ryan Braun for the NL lead, and Matt Garza threw eight solid innings for the Cubs, who have won two straight after being routed 11-2 by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

"Whoever coined the phrase pitching is 90 percent of the game either was really smart or was stating the obvious," Quade said. "It's about setting the tone and keeping your club in the game. We feel like we have the guys in place in the rotation."

Garza (1-3) scattered three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks over a season-best eight innings for his first win with the Cubs.

"I don't have to win every game as long as we win every game I throw," Garza said.

Carlos Marmol pitched a hitless ninth for his seventh save.

"The big play was the double play," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had an opportunity to end it there."

Gerardo Parra tied the score in the sixth off Garza, hitting a wind-aided triple off the left-field wall just beyond the outstretched glove of Soriano that allowed to Chris Young to score standing up.

Justin Upton gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the first, doubling to left and scoring on Drew's line single up the middle. Soriano's second-inning home run, his third in two games, bounced off the bottom of the mammoth scoreboard over the center-field batters' eye and tied the game at 1-1.

Soriano added a two-out RBI single in the fourth following Castro's leadoff double, and Aramis Ramirez doubled home Barney in the fifth to put the Cubs ahead 3-1.

Despite hitting .258 in the season's first month, Soriano has 20 RBIs.

Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy allowed three runs on six hits over 7 2/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts.


  • Cubs 1B Jeff Baker left the game in the top of the eighth with left shoulder soreness after jogging into second on a two-base error.
  • Soriano extended his own Cubs' single-season record for home runs in April.
  • Cubs 1B Carlos Pena was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. Pena is hitting .159 with no home runs and only five RBI in 22 games. He entered the game after Baker's injury.
  • The Diamondbacks sent C John Hester to Baltimore earlier Saturday to complete the December trade that sent 3B Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickolio. Hester was batting .263 with a home run and five RBIs in 10 games for Triple-A Reno.
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Chicago's Alfonso Soriano, who singles here, also hit his 10th home run, tying him with Ryan Braun for the NL lead. (AP)
Chicago's Alfonso Soriano, who singles here, also hit his 10th home run, tying him with Ryan Braun for the NL lead. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Drew
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

M. Garza
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 10

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Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5100011 .383
Darwin Barney, 2B5121000 .326
Starlin Castro, SS5121021 .348
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5011003 .295
Jeff Baker, 1B4000012 .364
    Carlos Pena, PR-1B0000000 .159
Alfonso Soriano, LF4122011 .258
Marlon Byrd, CF4020000 .287
Geovany Soto, C3100102 .220
Matt Garza, P3000023 .000
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH0000100 .137
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Garza in the 9th
2B - Starlin Castro (6, Kennedy), Aramis Ramirez (7, Kennedy)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (10, Kennedy)
RBI - Darwin Barney (14), Starlin Castro (12), Aramis Ramirez (11), Alfonso Soriano 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Darwin Barney (5), Starlin Castro (4), Aramis Ramirez (1), Alfonso Soriano 2 (12)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Kosuke Fukudome 1
DP - Ramirez-Barney-Baker
Chicago Cubs
Matt Garza (W,1-3) 86332100 3.96
Carlos Marmol (S,7) 1000100 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 104-70, Carlos Marmol 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-8, Carlos Marmol 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 30, Carlos Marmol 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3100120 .231
Gerardo Parra, LF3111110 .297
Justin Upton, RF4110032 .273
Stephen Drew, SS4022000 .321
Ryan Roberts, 2B3010100 .313
Russell Branyan, 1B4000013 .261
Miguel Montero, C4010001 .279
Melvin Mora, 3B3000011 .271
Ian Kennedy, P2000010 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH1000010 .180
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
2B - Justin Upton (7, Garza)
3B - Gerardo Parra (1, Garza)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (6), Stephen Drew 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (8)
Team LOB - 4
E - Stephen Drew (2, Throwing), Melvin Mora (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ian Kennedy 7.2633161 3.92
David Hernandez 0.1000010 2.19
J.J. Putz (L,0-1) 1322100 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 109-76, David Hernandez 5-3, J.J. Putz 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 11-8, J.J. Putz 3-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 32, David Hernandez 1, J.J. Putz 7
Game Information
Attendance - 27652
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Brian Gorman