CHICAGO (AP) Alfonso Soriano homered, Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 Tuesday.
Soriano hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth. After going homerless in his first 30 games this season, Soriano has seven home runs in his last 13 games.
Samardzija (5-3) allowed eight hits and was one strikeout from tying his career high. He departed after Will Venable's RBI triple with no outs in the eighth. Shawn Camp kept the lead intact, getting Carlos Quentin on a fly to left to end the inning.
James Russell got the last two outs for his first career save.
Samardzija also singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth on his own bobblehead day.
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The Cubs make their visit to the White House on Monday for their World Series celebration, and CSN will have you covered the entire way.
CSN will air and live stream the celebration, the official White House ceremony, featuring President Barack Obama, honoring the team’s first World Series title in 108 years.
CSN will deliver complete team on-air/online coverage of the event and up-to-the-second Twitter reports from Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and CSNChicago.com’s Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), which will include complete highlights from the day’s big D.C. celebration on SportsTalk Live at 5:30 p.m. and on In the Loop Prime at 10:00 p.m.
CSN will also provide viewers with a special, 30-minute "Cubs Visit the White House" recap special Monday night at 7:00 p.m., which will feature ceremony highlights, interviews with Cubs players/coaches/front office execs, and much more.