Soriano Homers Twice, Cubbies Beat Pirates

Soto, DeRosa add big flies as well
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 9:41 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano hits a three-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning of a National League baseball matchup on Friday, May 16, 2008 in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Alfonso Soriano homered in his first two at-bats, Geovany Soto and Mark DeRosa also homered and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday for their seventh win in eight games. Soriano connected on the first pitch from Tom Gorzelanny for his third leadoff homer in four games and launched a three-run shot in the second inning, making it 6-0.

Sean Gallagher (1-0) earned his first major league win in his second start for Chicago. He allowed one run and four hits before pitcher Carlos Zambrano pinch-hit for him in the sixth. Soto capped a three-run first with a solo homer, and DeRosa added one in the sixth inning. Chicago won its 10th straight overall against the Pirates, including 7-0 this year.