2:20 PM ET, August 28, 2009
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO -- His left knee aching, Alfonso Soriano limped to the plate with one thought: Win the game, and then they'll have to cheer.Soriano, who heard boos earlier in the game for several fielding miscues, ended a long home-run drought with a three-run shot in the eighth inning Friday, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets."I can make an error, I can hit a homer," he said. "If we play nine innings and we play hard, anything can happen. [Getting booed] is part of the game."
• Alfonso Soriano's first home run since July 29 gave the Cubs the win. He now has eight straight seasons of 20-plus homers.
• Milton Bradley had three hits and is now 8-for-16 with six runs scored in his last four games. His batting average is up to .262.
• Mets starter Patrick Misch tied an MLB record for the most consecutive starts to begin a career in which the pitcher's team lost every game (12 starts). Misch tied John Cummings, who set the mark with the Mariners from 1993 to 1994.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Mets 3B David Wright, on the DL with a concussion since getting beaned by San Francisco's Matt Cain on Aug. 16, is expected to join the team in Chicago on Saturday and could be activated Tuesday. ... Cubs RHPs Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman said they have been claimed on waivers, though they didn't know which teams had claimed them. Cubs GM Jim Hendry declined to comment. The Cubs have until noon Monday to let the players go to the new teams, make trades with those teams or withdraw the players from waivers and keep them. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes, who has been on the DL for three months, might need surgery to repair his torn right hamstring tendon.
CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Right fielder Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs stands in the outfield during the game...(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||D Lee singled to left, M Bradley scored, D Lee thrown out at second attempting to advance on play.||0||1|
|2nd||O Santos singled to right, J Francoeur scored, F Tatis to second.||1||1|
|8th||F Tatis doubled to deep left, A Pagan scored, D Murphy to third, D Murphy thrown out at home attempting to advance on play.||2||1|
|8th||A Ramirez singled to left, M Bradley scored.||2||2|
|8th||A Soriano homered to center, A Ramirez and J Baker scored.||2||5|
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|Stadium||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||39,381 (96% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Carlson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke|
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