Soriano's HR Powers Cubs Past Mets

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CHICAGO (AP) - Alfonso Soriano ended his home-run drought with a three-run shot in the eighth inning, making up for several miscues in the outfield during the Chicago Cubs' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday.

Milton Bradley, who like Soriano has been booed by frustrated Cubs fans, led off the inning with a double to right, his third hit. He scored on Aramis Ramirez's single, tying the game 2-all.

After reliever Brian Stokes walked Jeff Baker, Soriano hit an 0-2 pitch through a steady breeze and into the front row of the bleachers in left-center field. It was his first home run since July 29.

Stokes (1-3) took the loss. Cubs reliever Kevin Gregg (5-5) got the win in the opener of the three-game series.