Randy Baby: Randy Wells, Alfonso Soriano Lift the Cubs Past the Diamondbacks

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIApril 4, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs high fives Geovany Soto #18 after scoring in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during opening day at Wrigley Field on April 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Randy Wells continued his spring success in his first start of the season, as he kept the Arizona Diamondbacks' hitting at bay while engineering through six innings, giving up just one run on six hits.

After a disappointing weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs could not afford to start the week on a sour note.

The Diamondbacks struck first in the first inning on a Willie Bloomquist home run.

However, this would be the only run the Diamondbacks would score, as the Cubs fought their way back for a 4-1 victory.

For the fourth day in a row, in what may be a regular occurrence this season, the Cubs were trailing early.

Alfonso Soriano connected for his second home run in two days to tie the ball game up at 1-1.

And then the Cubs did something that haunted them all last season: They got the big hit with runners in scoring position.

Marlon Byrd scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Pena in the fourth inning and the Cubs slammed the door shut in the eighth with RBI by Soriano and Geovany Soto to put the Cubs up for good, 4-1.

The Cubs just ended a frustrating weekend with the Pirates, and this win could not have come at a better time.

Promising signs are Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez off to hot starts.  Both players have usually struggled in the month of April.

The bullpen continues to be impressive in the first four games of the season, as there lone blemish was a Carlos Marmol blown save on Sunday.

The Cubs look to take Game 2 against the Diamondbacks tomorrow in a 1:20 p.m. central time, a game where Andrew Cashner will make his major league debut as a starter.