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Soriano Homers Twice, Cubbies Beat Pirates

Soto, DeRosa add big flies as well

(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... More »

Braun Hits Two HRs as Brewers Hang on

Milwaukee's closer by committee gets first save after Gagne demotion

(Newser) - Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo home runs, Jeff Suppan pitched seven solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers' new closer by committee held on for a 5-3 win over St. Louis. Suppan (2-2) gave up six hits and walked five, but struck out four to pick up the first... More »

Berkman Leads Surging Astros

2-run first inning HR keys 5-3 win over Reds

(Newser) - Lance Berkman hit his 18th homer at Great American Ball Park—the most by any visiting player—and drove in three runs Thursday, leading the Houston Astros to their fifth straight win, 5-3 over the Cincinnati Reds. Berkman had a two-run homer and a run-scoring double off rookie Johnny Cueto... More »

Kapler Lifts Brewers Over Cards in Extras

12th inning single scores winner after Gagne blows another save

(Newser) - Gabe Kapler singled home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame another blown save by Eric Gagne, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Tuesday. The Brewers wasted a five-run lead before Kapler's hit. The Cardinals' loss came with an oddity: Slugger... More »

DeRosa, Hill Lead Cubs Over Pirates 3-2

Hill gets first win despite control problems

(Newser) - Rich Hill struggled with his control but won for the first time in three starts this year, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Friday for their ninth victory in 12 games. Mark DeRosa doubled and drove in a run, and Reed Johnson hit a tiebreaking single in... More »

Griffey's 596th HR Leads Reds Past Cubs 9-2

Baker gets first win at Wrigley as manager since leaving Chicago

(Newser) - Dusty Baker got a win at Wrigley Field while managing the Cincinnati Reds, thanks to Joey Votto and Ken Griffey Jr. Votto doubled with the bases loaded, homered, drove in five runs and made a nice defensive play and Griffey hit his 596th career homer Thursday as Cincinnati beat... More »

Fielder's First Home Run Helps Brewers Over Cardinals 5-3

10th inning 2-run blast accounts for final margin

(Newser) - Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season, a two-run drive off Brad Thompson in the 10th inning that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Fielder, who led the NL with 50 homers last year, needed 54 at-bats to... More »

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