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Soriano, Garza help Cubs foil slumping Giants again

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- There's just not much else for San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to say. Time is running out on his team.

Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs and hit one of the longest home runs at AT&T Park, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory against the Giants on Tuesday night.

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"We were better," Bochy said of the offense. "They started to get it going. It wasn't enough, though. We know that."

Geovany Soto added a two-run double and Darwin Barney also drove in a run for the Cubs, who won their second straight.

Jeff Keppinger had three hits and drove in two runs for the Giants, who lost their third in a row to fall a season-high six games behind Arizona, which beat Colorado 9-4, in the NL West.

"There's no other choice but to come out every day and fight our way out of it," Bochy said. "We're digging ourselves too big of a hole."

Matt Garza (7-10) lasted 6 2/3 innings in his first appearance against the Giants. He allowed two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out six. Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 39 chances.

"You go out there and try to keep your team in the game no matter who you're facing," Garza said. "It's just grinding it out. I need to pitch better so I can keep going out there."

Ryan Vogelsong (10-5) lost his third consecutive start in his shortest outing since May 3. He gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings, walking two and striking out three.

"I'm not off by much," Vogelsong said. "I'm missing pitches by a little bit. I have to get it together in the next four days. There's no time to sit around moping now."

Sean Marshall recorded his 29th hold -- on his 29th birthday -- and is one shy from matching Marmol's club record in 2008.

The stagnant Giants failed to score more than three runs for the sixth consecutive contest and have scored two or fewer in 24 of their past 44 games since the All-Star break.

Carlos Beltran, acquired in a trade from the New York Mets in an attempt to bolster the offense, was 0 for 4, ending the third, fifth and seventh innings with a pair of runners on each time.

"They made some good pitches against him," Bochy said. "He's been getting good at bats, it just didn't happen for him tonight."

Soriano's second-inning solo shot traveled an estimated 445 feet, bouncing onto the concourse above the left-field bleachers. Only Andres Galarraga has hit one further to left field, an estimated 475 feet on Sept. 18, 2001, off Roy Oswalt.

"I felt good at home plate and put a good swing on it," Soriano said. "I knew I had hit it good. I don't know how far it went yet."

Barney and Soriano each drove in runs in the third to make it a 3-0 lead.

After Keppinger doubled home a run in the fifth to pull the Giants to 3-1, the Cubs added two more on Soto's ground rule double with the bases loaded. Only fan interference prevented the Cubs from tacking on another run.

Keppinger's double was the Giants' ninth extra-base hit in the first eight games of the homestand. He added an RBI single in the seventh.

The Giants are 10-21 since leading the Diamondbacks by four games in the division after play on July 28.

Notes

  • Giants RHP Brian Wilson will throw one more time before throwing off the mound.
  • Castro's nine triples are the most by a Cubs player since Ivan DeJesus had 10 in 1979.
  • The Cubs lead the NL with 39 home runs in August.
  • LHP Madison Bumgarner will pitch Wednesday for the Giants. He has reached the seventh inning in each of his past five starts. Bumgarner is 1-1 in three starts vs. the Cubs.
  • RHP Rodrigo Lopez will go for the Cubs in series finale Wednesday. He has lost his past two starts and is winless in seven starts against the Giants.
  • Garza had two hits, his first career multi-hit game, and has five hits on the year.
  • The Giants have scored 74 runs in August, their fewest in the month since at least 1946.
 
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After starting the season 4-8, Matt Garza wins for the third time in his past six starts with a solid effort.  (AP)
After starting the season 4-8, Matt Garza wins for the third time in his past six starts with a solid effort. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

J. Keppinger
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro , SS4110101.304
Darwin Barney , 2B4001003.286
Aramis Ramirez , 3B4210100.308
Carlos Pena , 1B3110210.225
Alfonso Soriano , LF5122013.244
Marlon Byrd , CF5010003.295
Tyler Colvin , RF3010101.150
Geovany Soto , C3012111.231
Matt Garza , SP4020024.096
Totals3551056516
BATTING
2B - T Colvin (8); G Soto (24)
3B - S Castro (9)
HR - A Soriano (24)
RBI - D Barney (39); A Soriano 2 (68); G Soto 2 (43)
SF - D Barney (4)
Chicago Cubs
Matt Garza (W,7-10) 6.29221603.64
Sean Marshall 0.20000102.54
Kerry Wood 0.20000003.32
Carlos Marmol (S,31) 1.00000203.75
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres , CF5010034.228
Jeff Keppinger , 2B5032001.297
Carlos Beltran , RF4000016.286
Pablo Sandoval , 3B4010000.299
Aubrey Huff , 1B4010012.243
Brandon Belt , 1B3000001.219
Mike Fontenot , SS4110022.221
Chris Stewart , C2000001.186
a-Aaron Rowand , PH-CF1000010.233
Ryan Vogelsong , SP1010000.205
b-Miguel Tejada , PH-3B1010000.239
Cody Ross , LF0100100.231
Ramon Ramirez , RP0000000.000
c-Mark DeRosa , PH-LF1000001.196
Eli Whiteside , C1000010.217
Totals362921918
a-Struck out swinging for C Stewart in the 7th.
b-Singled for R Vogelsong in the 5th.
c-Lined out for R Ramirez in the 8th.
BATTING
2B - J Keppinger (16)
RBI - J Keppinger 2 (28)
San Francisco Giants
Ryan Vogelsong (L,10-5) 5.07332312.63
Guillermo Mota 1.02223003.93
Ramon Ramirez 2.01001102.97
Jeremy Affeldt 1.00000102.55
Game Information
Attendance - 41165
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley