|Chi. Cubs (37-48) «||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||x||4||7||0|
CHICAGO -- Had he accepted a trade last season, Alfonso Soriano might have played for a champion.
This time around, he doesn't want to think about the possibility. A move might be a consideration if he keeps this up, though.
"I want to win here," he said.
The Cubs aren't doing much of that -- and haven't in a few years, actually.
They're still in the early stages of rebuilding, and with his eight-year contract expiring in 2014, Soriano might be attractive, particularly to American League teams looking for a designated hitter.
Last season, the seven-time All-Star turned down a trade to San Francisco, a decision that cost him a World Series ring.
"I don't want to think about it," said Soriano, who can veto any deal. "If they have something on the table, they want to let me know before they try outside. I don't want to think about it. I just want to come to the ballpark and play my game."
He delivered in this one, and so did the pitchers.
Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates just their third loss in 14 games.
Pittsburgh came in with the best record in the majors and a seven-game road win streak, but the Pirates couldn't get much going at the plate or find a way to contain Soriano.
That was enough for Jackson (5-10), who won his second straight start. A disappointment after signing a four-year deal with Chicago in January, the veteran right-hander had one of his better outings and improved to 6-2 in 10 starts against Pittsburgh.
He held the Pirates to just one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, leaving to cheers after he walked Garrett Jones to put runners on first and second.
James Russell came in and struck out Alvarez to end the threat.
"Every time we had a chance to maybe extend an inning or move the chains Jackson made a pitch and got out of the inning," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Morton (1-2) pitched six innings for Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked three, but the long balls by Soriano were the difference.
Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates after collecting three the previous day and extended his streak to a career-high 11 games. He also had two steals, although he got caught trying to swipe third in the third inning.
Soriano put the Cubs ahead in the fourth after Anthony Rizzo doubled off the left-field wall, and he struck again with a shot in the fifth. The ball sailed to the last row of the left-field bleachers for his 12th homer this season.
That gave him 32 multi-homer games in his career and two this season. He also tied Harold Baines for 59th on baseball's career home run list with 384 and took sole possession of 12th place on Chicago's list with his 175th and 176th homers as a Cub after beginning the day even with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson.
"It's fun when we have a teammate swinging the bat real well," Jackson said. "It's a lot of fun in the dugout. It's positive energy and that's what this team needs."
|Players of the Game|
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|Starling Marte, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.294|
|Neil Walker, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Brandon Inge, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.198|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.261|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.243|
|Michael McKenry, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.191|
|Jose Tabata, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Jordy Mercer, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.268|
|Charlie Morton, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Travis Snider, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.226|
|a-struck out for Wilson in the 8th|
|HR - Pedro Alvarez (22, Jackson)|
|RBI - Pedro Alvarez (57)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (21)|
|SB - Starling Marte 2 (27, 2nd base off Jackson/Castillo), Jose Tabata (2, 2nd base off Jackson/Castillo)|
|CS - Starling Marte (9, 3rd base by Jackson/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Walker-G. Jones, Walker-G. Jones-Mercer-G. Jones|
|E - Michael McKenry (2, Throwing)|
|Charlie Morton (L,1-2)||6||7||4||4||3||6||2||3.38|
|IBB - Castillo by Charlie Morton|
|HBP - Schierholtz (by Charlie Morton)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 99-60, Justin Wilson 10-7, Bryan Morris 10-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 7-3, Justin Wilson 2-1, Bryan Morris 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 27, Justin Wilson 3, Bryan Morris 4|
|Chicago (N.L.) Cubs|
|Julio Borbon, CF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.203|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.234|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.243|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||2||2||4||0||0||1||.256|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.247|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.274|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.218|
|Welington Castillo, C||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||.274|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.115|
|Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.163|
|a-struck out for Russell in the 6th|
|2B - Anthony Rizzo (25, Morton), Welington Castillo (15, Morton)|
|HR - Alfonso Soriano 2 (12, Morton)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano 4 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (22)|
|SB - Julio Borbon 2 (6, 3rd base off Morton/McKenry)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Chicago (N.L.) Cubs|
|Edwin Jackson (W,5-10)||5.2||4||1||1||2||3||1||5.50|
|James Russell (H,12)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.03|
|Matt Guerrier (H,4)||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.36|
|Kevin Gregg (S,15)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.53|
|WP - Edwin Jackson (11)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 96-55, James Russell 5-3, Matt Guerrier 16-12, Kevin Gregg 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 11-2, Matt Guerrier 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 22, James Russell 1, Matt Guerrier 6, Kevin Gregg 4|
|Attendance - 36590|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|