Soto Powers Cubs Past Pirates

Big sixth inning seals sweep of Pittsburgh in 7-3 romp
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2008 10:08 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Brian Bixler has the ball knocked out of his glove by Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano on a first-inning stolen base.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – Geovany Soto and Mike Fontenot hit two-run homers in Chicago's five-run sixth inning and the Cubs finished off a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh, winning 7-3 Thursday night to run their winning streak to five games. Soto had three extra-base hits, including two doubles, among his second career four-hit game.

Derrek Lee also drove in two runs despite not getting a hit as the Cubs won their sixth straight over the Pirates dating to last season. Jon Lieber got the decision by pitching 4 1-3 scoreless relief innings after starter Rich Hill needed 72 pitches to get through three innings, allowing three runs and three hits and walking four.