was able to stand and watch this time.
The Cubs slugger redeemed himself for an earlier mental miscue by hitting a game-ending grand slam in the 13th inning to lead
Chicago past the
5-1 on Monday night.
''I never thought about it, to hit a grand slam,'' Soriano said. ''I just wanted to try put the ball in the air, try to score
the run because it was the 13th inning. I made a very good swing.''
(4-2) gave up a leadoff walk on four pitches to
in the 13th, and
followed with a single to put runners on first and third. After an intentional walk to
loaded the bases, Soriano followed with a long homer - his fourth career slam - over the center-field wall to end it.
''I think that's the best swing I made in the second half,'' Soriano said.
(1-1) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Lee also homered as the Cubs won their fifth straight and maintained their
half-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
Soriano had an embarrassing moment in the 11th, when he hit a slow bouncer to third with one out and a runner on first. He
didn't run, even though the ball was fair, and continued to stand in the box after he was thrown out at first and booed by
''The ball hit me on my foot,'' he said. ''If I run, maybe it is a base hit, but as soon as the ball hit me on my foot, I
think it is a foul ball so I don't have a motive to run to first base because it hit me on my foot.''
did not discuss the incident much after the game.
''He thought he had fouled it off his foot, yeah,'' Piniella said.
Added Soriano: ''I got the victory tonight and everybody is happy now.''
The Cubs had a great opportunity to win the game in the ninth when Bradley drew a leadoff walk off Astros reliever
. Bradley swiped second base as Soriano struck out, and Valverde intentionally walked pinch-hitter
, also drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases.
Valverde got a break when the Cubs couldn't execute a suicide squeeze. Bradley broke for the plate as pinch-hitter
attempted a bunt, but Fontenot missed and Bradley was tagged out well before the plate by catcher
. Fontenot later ended the inning by flying out to center to boos.
''I tell you what, our guys stuck with it,'' Piniella said. ''Soriano ended it in dramatic fashion. I tell you what, our young
pitching really did a nice job today. ... Look, it was a good win for us, it really was. Well pitched on both sides.''
allowed a home run to
on an 0-2 pitch in the second inning, while Astros starter
gave up a homer to
- also on an 0-2 pitch - in the fourth that landed on Waveland Ave. It was his 20th of the season, matching his home run total
''This was a tough one, but we battled hard and played hard,'' Astros manager
said. ''We had some chances and just didn't get the big base hit.''
With runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh, Zambrano ended the inning by striking out
. The always demonstrative Zambrano, yelled as he walked to the dugout with the fans on their feet.
Rodriguez allowed a two-out double to
in the seventh. Cooper decided to intentionally walk eighth hitter Hill, which set up Piniella's decision to stick with Zambrano
to bat. Zambrano, who earlier doubled, came to the plate with the fans chanting ''Let's Go Z!'' but he ended the inning and
his day by hitting into a fielder's choice.
Rodriguez allowed just one run on six hits, struck out seven and walked two. Zambrano gave up one run and three hits, and
worked around four walks by striking out four.
''Wandy pitched really good,'' Cooper said. ''I didn't think he was particularly sharp, but he battled and kept us in the
game. He matched 'Z' pitch for pitch and you can't ask for much more than that.''
was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
''Let me see,'' Hawkins said. ''Do I want to tell you the version, the truth that's going to get me in trouble or am I going
to be the nice guy?
''Well, I thought it was a strike and I told him, 'Come on, I need that pitch. You don't need any help.' And he said, 'Knock
it off.' And I waved him off and he threw me out of the game. Maybe he was having a bad day. I thought he had determined who
he wanted to win the game anyway.''
NOTES: Cubs LHP
, on the DL with left shoulder inflammation, also had his left knee scoped Monday, which is not related to his shoulder injury.
According to Piniella, the procedure went well. He is expected to be back in mid August. ... RHP
is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Astros. He has been on the DL with a broken right toe since July 7.