Cubs wow could-be owner, thump Brewers
By: By The Associated Press
Geovany Soto hit two three-run homers and host Chicago pounded the Brewers 19-5 with prospective owner Mark Cuban watching from the current owners’ seats.
It was the Cubs’ biggest outburst since a 20-1 whipping of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 5, 2001.
And the Brewers had not allowed that many since they gave up 19 at Colorado last Aug. 8.
Ronny Cedeno drove in a trio, as did Aramis Ramirez in the lopsided triumph while Mark DeRosa chased home a pair.
The offensive onslaught made things easy for Ryan Dempster (4-0). Jeff Suppan (1-1) didn’t finish the fourth inning for Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, Chicago feasted on Union City native Derrick Turnbow in the bottom of the eighth.
Turnbow’s earned run averaged was elevated to 15.63 after allowing six runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
In other NL games on Wednesday, it was: Pittsburgh 13, the New York Mets 1; St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2; San Diego 4, Philadelphia 2; Los Angeles 13, Florida 1; Arizona 8, Houston 7; and San Francisco 3, Colorado 2.
Cardinals 5, Reds 2
At St. Louis, Braden Looper worked six innings and Rick Ankiel had three hits and two RBI.
Looper (4-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Cardinals. Jason Isringhausen earned his ninth save in 11 chances.
Aaron Harang (1-4) has worked at least six innings in each of his seven starts and has little to show for his 2.98 ERA.
He allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of mound work.
Nationals 3, Braves 2
The Atlanta Braves keep finding new and creative — and most certainly disheartening — ways to lose one-run games.
Committing an error on a flubbed bunt in the 12th inning to load the bases, walking in the tying run and then yielding the deciding base hit.
The Braves led Washington 2-1 Wednesday night when Wil Nieves missed a sign from manager Manny Acta that he shouldn’t sacrifice over the two runners on base.
Nieves bunted right back at pitcher Manny Acosta, who let the ball squirt through his legs.
After walking in a run, Buddy Carlyle relieved and gave up an RBI single to Felipe Lopez for a 3-2 Nationals victory over Atlanta.
And the result was another narrow loss for the Braves, dropping them to 0-9 in one-run games this season.
They’re the first club since the 2000 Astros to lose its first nine one-run games.
“It’s not very much fun,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said.