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Garza, Soriano Lead Cubs Over White Sox 8-2

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Alfonso Soriano is greeted by Darwin Barney  after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning on July 8, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Alfonso Soriano is greeted by Darwin Barney after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning on July 8, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and scored four runs, and the Chicago Cubs pulled away late to beat the White Sox 8-2 on Monday night.

Dave Sappelt had a career-high four hits, while Soriano had three. Luis Valbuena drove in three runs, hitting the tiebreaking two-run double and scoring during a five-run eighth.

Garza (5-1), meanwhile, came through with another terrific outing. He’s 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits, striking out six without a walk. He’s lowered his ERA from 4.98 to 3.22 during this stretch.

Valbuena broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double off reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) and came around on a single by Sappelt off Nate Jones. Ransom capped the rally with a two-run, bases-loaded single, and the Cubs completed the four-game season sweep against their crosstown rivals.

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