Charlie Morton pitched through traffic successfully (7 hits in 6 innings), but couldn't solve Alfonso Soriano.
Pedro Alvarez hit a home run for the Pirates, his 22nd of the year, but Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs for the Cubs, his 11th and 12th, to raise the "W" flag in Chicago 4-1.
The goal for Charlie Morton is to give up as few hard-hits as possible. In his successful 2011 season, Morton had the lowest home run rate for any pitcher in the NL: 6 home runs in 172 innings. Those two home runs allowed to Soriano, widely known as a free-swinger and excellent low-pitch hitter, were mistake pitches and Morton probably knows it. Still, those are just the first two home runs he has given up in 24 innings of work, which is a real positive. Shake it off and get more ground balls.
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