Cubs take advantage of D-Backs mistakes in 9th for 5-3 win

PHOENIX—Cubs manager Mike Quade admittedly was wrong Saturday night. His timing right, though.Darwin Barney singled up the middle to score Geovany Soto in a wild top of the ninth inning that included Quade’s first career ejection and the Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.Quade got heated after a close call on the bases. With Marlon Byrd on first, Soto bunted back to reliever J.J. Putz (0-1), who threw off-target second. Shortstop Stephen Drew made a dive to his right to catch the ball, barely keeping a toe on the bag to force Byrd.Quade argued with second-base umpire Dan Bellino and was ejected. Quade then retreated to the Cubs’ clubhouse and saw the replay.After Quade departed and Tyler Colvin walked, Kosuke Fukudome grounded back to the mound. Putz threw to Drew for the second out of the inning but the shortstop double-clutched the throw to first baseman Russell Branyan and Fukudome was safe while Soto advanced to third.Barney followed with a sharp single off the mound to give Chicago a 4-3 lead. Starlin Castro then singled to make it a two-run game.Alfonso Soriano hit his 10th home run, tying him with Ryan Braun for the NL lead, and Matt Garza threw eight solid innings for the Cubs, who have won two straight after being routed 11-2 by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.Garza (1-3) scattered three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks over a season-best eight innings for his first win with the Cubs.Carlos Marmol pitched a hitless ninth for his seventh save.Gerardo Parra tied the score in the sixth off Garza, hitting a wind-aided triple off the left-field wall just beyond the outstretched glove of Soriano that allowed to Chris Young to score standing up.Justin Upton gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the first, doubling to left and scoring on Drew’s line single up the middle. Soriano’s second-inning home run, his third in two games, bounced off the bottom of the mammoth scoreboard over the center-field batters’ eye and tied the game at 1-1.Soriano added a two-out RBI single in the fourth following Castro’s leadoff double, and Aramis Ramirez doubled home Barney in the fifth to put the Cubs ahead 3-1.Despite hitting .258 in the season’s first month, Soriano has 20 RBIs.Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy allowed three runs on six hits over 7 2/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts.

NOTES—Jeff Baker left the game in the top of the eighth with left shoulder soreness after jogging into second on a two-base error….Soriano extended his own Cubs’ single-season record for home runs in April……Carlos Pena was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. Pena is hitting .159 with no home runs and only five RBIs in 22 games. He entered the game after Baker’s injury.

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