Cubs 10, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hero: "Alfonso Soriano's locked in, ain't he?" Mark Grace asked Len and Bob while visiting the booth after his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

He certainly is, Mark.

A sizzling Soriano went 3-for-4 Sunday with two home runs, a double, and four RBI to raise his average to .325.

Goat: He entered the ninth with an eight-run lead, but John Grabow allowed three runs and forced Lou Piniella to get Carlos Zambrano up in the pen.

Key Play: Soriano's two-run homer capped a four-run Cubs first.

Comment: Soriano is 7-for-11 with four homers and 10 RBI in his last three games. When Soriano goes on a tear, it's easier to overlook his many shortcomings.

Uncle Lou was asked after the game what the difference has been with Soriano lately.

"He's been productive," Piniella said.

Thanks for the analysis, Lou.

Next: After an off day Monday, the Cubs (13-13) will try for their fourth straight win in the opener of a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday (WGN, 6:05 p.m.). The Cubs' Ryan Dempster (2-1, 2.78 ERA), who turns 33 on Monday, will oppose Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.83). The Cubs thrived against an Arizona pitching staff that ranked 15th in the National League in ERA (5.70). Pittsburgh's staff entered Sunday's action ranked last (6.67) in the category.

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