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Ramirez's two-run single gave Chicago a 3-1 lead in the third, and Soto homered in the fourth. Ramirez's RBI single in the fifth put the Cubs ahead for good, and pinch-hitter Bobby Scales doubled in a run in the eighth against Nick Masset.
NOTES: Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano is to get a second opinion on the left knee injury that has sidelined him since Sept. 4, and manager Lou Piniella said it was "doubtful" Soriano will play again this season. Piniella also said Soriano's days of batting leadoff were "over with." Soriano, whose 54 career leadoff homers rank second in major league history to Rickey Henderson's 81, had been hitting sixth since July 4. ... Reds RHP Micah Owings rejoined the team Friday, five days after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Atlanta's Kenshin Kawakami. Tests were normal and Owings said he felt fine, but manager Dusty Baker said Owings likely won't play in the series.
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