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July 7, 2013

Soriano hits 2 homers; Cubs beat Pirates, 4-1

CHICAGO — Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Saturday.

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.

His drive off Charlie Morton in the fourth after Pedro Alvarez homered in the top half put the Cubs ahead, and he followed that with a long drive to the bleachers in left to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

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.

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.

Matt Guerrier worked two scoreless innings, and Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.

Morton (1-2) pitched six innings for Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates after collecting three the previous day and extended his streak to 11 games. He also had two steals, although he got caught trying to swipe third in the third inning.

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker left the game because of discomfort on his right side. Brandon Inge replaced him at second base in the fifth.

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.

NOTES: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was a bit amused by footage showing an usher interrupting an interview with his dad by Pittsburgh broadcaster Robby Incmikoski during Friday’s game. The usher told them they were blocking fans’ view. Hurdle said a few of his family members were upset. “I’m kind of just taking the high road and chuckling about it,” Hurdle said. This weekend is the Pirates’ annual father/son trip, where players and coaches get to bring their dads.  ... The Cubs gave top prospect Javier Baez a promotion, moving him from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. The infielder was their minor league player of the month for June. “It’s time for a new challenge for Javier, and I think he’ll respond well to it,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. He also said it’s “highly unlikely” Baez will reach the majors this year.

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