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CHICAGO -- After four days off and then a nearly four-hour rain delay, Alfonso Soriano came out swinging.
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"Oh man," Soriano said. "I swung very good today. Those four days I cleared my mind and my body, too. The game I had, I hope I have a couple of more like that."
So do the Cubs, who have suddenly won 10 of their last 14. Lefty Paul Maholm picked up his third straight win with seven strong innings and was able to keep his concentration during a 3-hour and 40-minute rain delay before the first pitch.
"I tried to stay busy. The cable went out for a little while so it was kind of a quiet clubhouse," Maholm said.
Even though it wasn't raining at the time, the Cubs held up the start of the game after radar showed a big storm coming toward Wrigley Field. When it finally arrived, the deluge soaked the warning tracks and bullpens on either side of the field, creating ankle-deep water in some spots.
"You just deal with rain delays," Maholm said. "I get ready as though the game is starting on time. I came out today to start long tossing and they said they were going to delay it 20 minutes and it turned into 4 hours. It's a little different because you never know when it's going to stop."
Soriano launched his 16th homer leading off the fourth, a shot to left that cleared the bleachers and put the Cubs up 2-1. And with two outs and two on the fifth, he hit a high drive that landed over the fence in center to make it 5-1. Both homers came off Ian Kennedy. He added a run-scoring double in the seventh off Brad Ziegler.
It was Soriano's s second multi-homer game this season and 30th of his career. The 36-year-old slugger has hit all of his 17 homers this season since May 15. His five RBI tied a career high.
"There was a lot of rain. It's important we got the win because it's a long day," Soriano said. "We got the win. It doesn't matter how long we stay here at the ball park."
Kennedy (6-8) gave up seven hits and six runs in five-plus innings, hitting a batter, walking two and throwing two wild pitches. He hadn't pitched since July 4.
"Long delay, but there's no excuses. I didn't pitch very good," Kennedy said. `It makes it even longer for me. Long break in between starts. You want to start off good after the All-Star break. That's not how you should pitch in order to win a game."
Maholm (7-6) allowed six hits and a run in seven innings to win his third straight start. He drove in a run with a bunt in the sixth inning.
Maholm had his shortest start of the season when he faced the Diamondbacks on June 23 in Phoenix, lasting 3 1/2 innings and giving up nine hits and six earned runs. He hasn't lost since that outing.
After four days off for the All-Star break and then the long delay, the Diamondbacks came out ready to go as Willie Bloomquist led off with a double and Aaron Hill beat out a bunt single. Bloomquist scored on Justin Upton's double play grounder, the first of two double plays turned by the Cubs in the first two innings.
Kennedy's wildness helped Chicago tie it in the second. Soriano led off with a double, reached third on a fly and scored on a wild pitch.
Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel was pulled in the seventh inning with a tight right hamstring. The outfield grass was still slick from the rain and he slipped early in the game.
"I felt it all game long. It just didn't get any better. All the balls I had to go after, I had to sprint after them. Nothing easy after that," Kubel said.
|Alfonso Soriano connects for two home runs and collects a career-high five RBI in the Cubs' victory. (Getty Images)|
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|Willie Bloomquist, 3B-SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.293|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Justin Upton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Jason Kubel, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.293|
|Gerardo Parra, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Miguel Montero, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Chris Young, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Patrick Corbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Ian Kennedy, P||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.042|
|Mike Zagurski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Geoff Blum, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a-popped out for Ziegler in the 8th|
|2B - Willie Bloomquist (17, Maholm), Stephen Drew (2, Maholm)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Drew-Hill-Goldschmidt|
|E - Paul Goldschmidt (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ian Kennedy (L,6-8)||5||7||6||6||2||4||2||4.55|
|HBP - Soto (by Ian Kennedy)|
|WP - Ian Kennedy 2 (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 88-55, Mike Zagurski 13-8, Brad Ziegler 19-13, Patrick Corbin 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-7, Mike Zagurski 2-0, Brad Ziegler 3-1, Patrick Corbin 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 25, Mike Zagurski 3, Brad Ziegler 7, Patrick Corbin 3|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.365|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||3||4||5||0||0||0||.275|
|Bryan LaHair, RF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.181|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||5||.217|
|Paul Maholm, P||2||0||0||1||0||1||2||.061|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Joe Mather, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|a-grounded out for Corpas in the 8th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano 2 (17, Kennedy, Ziegler), Geovany Soto (4, Kennedy)|
|HR - Alfonso Soriano 2 (17, Kennedy, Kennedy)|
|SH - Paul Maholm (1)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano 5 (53), Bryan LaHair (31), Paul Maholm (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 3 (19)|
|SB - Darwin Barney (6, 2nd base off Kennedy/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo, Barney-Castro-Rizzo|
|Paul Maholm (W,7-6)||7||6||1||1||1||5||0||4.33|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 101-65, Manny Corpas 15-11, Shawn Camp 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 5-9, Shawn Camp 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, Manny Corpas 3, Shawn Camp 4|
|Attendance - 36878|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Tim McClelland|