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Soriano leads Cubs to fifth straight win, defeat Rockies

Jun 27, 2007 - 4:53 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Following his heroics the previous night, Alfonso Soriano was the initiator for the Chicago Cubs.

Soriano had two hits and scored twice and Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer as the Cubs posted an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Ted Lilly pitched six solid innings and Koyie Hill drove in two for Chicago, which matched its season-high of five straight wins.

"Were getting there, were starting to play good baseball," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We knew we would start hitting the ball sooner or later. As a team we are starting to gel."

Colorado (38-39) dropped its season-high fifth consecutive game to fall one game under .500. It's the Rockies' longest skid since losing six in a row from August 18-24.

"We came up a little bit short tonight," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had some chances but we didn't get it done."

Soriano, who won Monday's game vs. Colorado with a two-run single in the ninth in a 10-9 victory, ignited the Cubs offense early in this game.

The 31-year-old Dominican, who signed a seven-year, $136 million dollar contract in the offseason, led off the first with a single off Rodrigo Lopez before stealing second base.

"I feel I am very locked in with my swing right now," Soriano said.

After taking third on a groundout, Soriano was plated by a two-out double by Aramis Ramirez. Floyd then belted a two-run homer into the right field seats to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

"Things are coming together for us right now," Floyd said. "I am hoping that good fortune sticks around for a while, and that we continue to play well as a team."

With Chicago leading, 3-1, in the third, Soriano led off with a double and scored on a double by rookie Mike Fontenot to make it 4-1.

After Colorado cut the lead to 4-3 on a two-run double by Garrett Atkins in the fourth, the Cubs put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth. A two-run double by Hill surrounded by RBI singles by Mark DeRosa and Felix Pie gave Chicago an 8-3 lead.

That was enough support for Lilly (6-4), who allowed four runs, six hits and five walks.

"The guys have been putting up some big numbers for me," Lilly said. "Earlier in the year when I was pitching well and getting beat, that wasn't the case. Thing have a way of evening out."

Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz pitched two innings and Carlos Marmol worked two-thirds of the ninth before Will Ohman came on to record his first save of the season and fourth of his career.

Lopez (4-1) surrendered eight runs, nine hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings to suffer his first loss in 2007.

"I left some pitches up, especially to Ramirez and Floyd in the first inning," Lopez said. "I could have pitched better."

Willy Taveras had three hits as did Jamey Carroll, who also homered for the Rockies, who have been tagged for 43 runs during their slide.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 10 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 x 8 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ, TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (5TH), JEREMY AFFELDT (7TH),
    LATROY HAWKINS (8TH) AND CHRIS IANNETTA
    CHN - TED LILLY, MIKE WUERTZ (7TH), CARLOS MARMOL
    (9TH),

    Jun 26 11:03 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CORY SULLIVAN SCORED JAMEY CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SULLIVAN ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: W TAVERAS (.310, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 10:54 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JAMEY CARROLL (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF TED LILLY.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4, CHICAGO CUBS 8
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T BUCHHOLZ (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 10:11 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FELIX PIE SCORED KOYIE HILL.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, F PIE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: T LILLY (.097, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 9:54 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KOYIE HILL SCORED CLIFF FLOYD AND MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, K HILL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: F PIE (.223, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 9:52 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED MIKE FONTENOT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, C FLOYD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K HILL (.206, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 9:50 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAMEY CARROLL SCORED GARRETT ATKINS AND RYAN
    SPILBORGHS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CARROLL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R LOPEZ (.071, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 9:18 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE FONTENOT SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M FONTENOT ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.349, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 9:04 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    CHRIS IANNETTA HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING TODD HELTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SPILBORGHS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J CARROLL (.181, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 8:40 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CLIFF FLOYD (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF RODRIGO LOPEZ SCORED ARAMIS RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, CHICAGO CUBS 3
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.274, 6 HR, 36 RBI)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 8:28 PM


  • NL
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C FLOYD (.305, 3 HR, 25 RBI)

    Rockies vs. CubsJun 26 8:27 PM