Soriano hammers two of Cubs’ season-high 5 HRs in 7-2 win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2013 11:05PM
Alfonso Soriano upstaged Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton combined Tuesday night at Wrigley Field as the Cubs clobbered the Los Angeles Angels with a season-high five home runs in a 7-2 victory.
Soriano, who delivered his second two-homer game in four days, is 18-for-45 (.400) with eight homers and 17 RBIs in the last 11 games.
Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney also homered to help back the 6 2/3 innings of strong pitching by Travis Wood (6-6) in Wood’s first start since being selected for his first All-Star game.
Wood, who faced the minimum possible through 5 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run until the seventh, left to a standing ovation with two out and two on in the seventh – four batters after Pujols drove in both Angels runs with a homer.
Wood maintained his 2.69 ERA, which ranked eighth in the National League entering the day.
The Cubs improved to 13-6 in interleague play with only today’s series finale against the Angels left among their games against AL opponents.
They’ve won nine of their last 13 games overall.