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|Soriano Homers To Back Wells As Cubs Top Braves
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano homered, Randy Wells pitched effectively into the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Wells (5-4) held the Braves to one run and two hits over 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and improving to 4-1 in his career against Atlanta.
Carlos Marmol got the last three outs and joined Lee Smith as the only Cubs relievers to post consecutive 30-save seasons.
Soriano's two-run shot fueled Chicago's three-run rally in the second. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Aramis Ramirez added a single and two walks, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
Chipper Jones and Alex Gonzalez hit solo homers for Atlanta, and Derek Lowe (8-12) allowed four hits and two earned runs over seven innings.
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