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Sosa homers as Cubs split doubleheader with Pittsburgh

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit his first homer in 10 games as the Chicago Cubs gained a doubleheader split against Pittsburgh, beating the Pirates 4-3 in the second game Tuesday night.

Brian Giles hit an inside-the-park home run, and Jimmy Anderson (4-5) and Sean Lowe combined on a three-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 12-1 victory in the first game.

Sosa's major league-leading 16th homer, a three-run shot off Josh Fogg (5-2) in the sixth inning, helped keep starter Juan Cruz (1-7) from becoming the first Cubs pitcher to begin a season 0-8.

Antonio Alfonseca got his sixth save.

The Cubs, who have lost 10 of 12, hope prized pitching prospect Mark Prior can make it two wins in a row when he makes his major league debut Wednesday night.

In the first game, Kevin Young and Chad Hermansen also homered for Pittsburgh. Giles tripled, drove in four runs and scored three. The inside-the-park homer was the first of his career, and it knocked Cubs left fielder Moises Alou from the game when he hurt himself diving for the ball.

Cardinals 3, Astros 1

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Simontacchi (2-0) pitched seven impressive innings and St. Louis won for the 10th time in 12 games.

The Astros have lost two straight after winning seven in a row.

The game began a nine-game stretch in which the teams will face each other six times, and then not meet again until September. The Cardinals are 5-2 so far in the season series.

Expos 5, Braves 4

MONTREAL -- Brad Wilkerson drove in the winning run with a two-out dribbler in the 10th inning for Montreal.

Vladimir Guerrero singled off Darren Holmes (2-1) to open the 10th and Lee Stevens walked.

With the bases loaded, Wilkerson sent a slow roller up the third-base line. Reliever Chris Hammond fielded the ball but Wilkerson easily beat the throw to first base.

Reds 6, Marlins 1

CINCINNATI -- Austin Kearns hit his first career grand slam as Cincinnati took advantage of wildness by A.J. Burnett (5-4).

Kearns' fifth-inning slam -- the second by a Reds rookie this season -- helped Cincinnati rebound from a tough series in St. Louis. The NL Central leaders lost three of four to the Cardinals, slicing their lead to three games.

Chris Reitsma (3-0) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the fourth and gave up seven hits before leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.

Brewers 8, Dodgers 6

MILWAUKEE -- Tyler Houston and Geoff Jenkins hit three-run homers in an eight-run seventh inning to lead Milwaukee over Los Angeles.

The Dodgers got two homers from Shawn Green and took a 5-0 lead into the seventh before Kevin Brown tired and Giovanni Carrara (3-2) gave up five runs on three hits.

Mike Buddie (1-2) won despite allowing two runs on four hits in two innings. Mike DeJean got Paul Lo Duca to ground into a double play with two runners on to end it for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Phillies 4, Mets 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Vicente Padilla (6-3) pitched eight shutout innings and Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Philadelphia.

The Phillies have won two straight after losing six consecutive games during a road trip. The Mets have dropped two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

It was scoreless when Jimmy Rollins doubled off Jeff D'Amico (3-4) with one out in the eighth. Scott Rolen hit an RBI single, and Burrell hit a three-run shot off David Weathers. Burrell has 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 109 career at-bats against the Mets.

Rockies 7, Padres 6

DENVER -- Larry Walker homered and drove in three runs as Colorado rallied past San Diego.

Walker hit a two-run single in the seventh inning off Alan Embree (3-2), and Todd Zeile added an RBI single to put Colorado ahead. Todd Helton and Todd Hollandsworth also homered for the Rockies.

Diamondbacks 9, Giants 4

PHOENIX -- Helped by an umpire's questionable call that gave Erubiel Durazo a home run, Arizona and Randy Johnson beat frustrated San Francisco in the season's first meeting between the NL West rivals.

Johnson (8-1) struck out 10 to pass 3,500 for his career and matched teammate Curt Schilling as the only eight-game winners in the majors this season. The first-place Diamondbacks moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants.



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