Rizzo, Soriano homer; Villanueva has another strong performance in Cubs’ 6-2 win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org April 18, 2013 4:07PM
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against theagainst the Texas Rangers Thursday, April 18 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:03PM
Looking more like an ace than the fifth starter, Carlos Villanueva pitched another impressive seven innings for the Cubs to beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in a game that looked for much of the day like it wouldn’t be played because of flood conditions in the surrounding area Thursday.
Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back homers in the Cubs’ four-run third inning to support Villanueva (1-0), who allowed just a pair of runs on solo home runs by Ian Kinsler in the fourth and Nelson Cruz in the seventh.
The win salvaged a split in a series shortened to two games by Wednesday’s rainout at Wrigley. The Cubs were rained out twice during the scheduled 10-game homestand, finishing 3-5 as they head to Milwaukee Friday to open a three city trip.