©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
Read the latest local sports stories by clicking here
|Soriano's 2 HR's Lift Cubs Over Padres
|SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano homered twice, including a two-run shot off struggling San Diego ace Mat Latos, and the Chicago Cubs won 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the wilting Padres 1-1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race.
The 22-year-old Latos, who fumed after the Cubs scored two unearned runs in the fifth, lost his fourth straight start, his worst stretch this season.
The Padres have lost 21 of 32 games since Aug. 25, when they were 76-49 and had a 6-1/2-game lead over the Giants in the NL West. The Padres dropped two games behind the Giants, who beat Arizona 4-2. After two more games against the Cubs, the Padres will close the season with three games at San Francisco.
Chicago's Ryan Dempster (15-11) and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)