Lilly, Cubs Best Padres 8-5

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 11:37 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs' Ryan Theriot slides safely into home plate after teammate Aramis Ramirez's double against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Ted Lilly struck out 11 in six innings to win his third straight start, and Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto homered to lead the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 8-5 Wednesday night. Backed by three RBIs apiece from Soriano and Soto, Lilly (4-4) allowed six hits and four runs in six innings.

After striking out 10 against Arizona in his previous start, he fanned eight in the first four innings. Lilly has thrown consecutive double-digit strikeout games for the first time in his big league career. He left after throwing 102 pitches on a 46-degree night at Wrigley Field. Cubs pitchers combined to strike out 15 against the Padres, whose 308 strikeouts are second in the major leagues behind Florida's 326.