Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 6/3)

Game 1: Monday, June 3
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Milwaukee 7
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
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in 11
Milwaukee 6
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
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Milwaukee 1

Cubs 6

(22-34, 12-17 away)

Brewers 7

(21-36, 13-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 3, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: V. De Los Santos (1-1)

    L: J. Borowski (2-3)

    S: M. DeJean (12)

    Fan foretells Harris' first homer of season

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Lenny Harris was just following orders.

    A female fan informed Harris he was about to hit his first homer of the year, and sure enough, he followed Paul Bako's unlikely shot with one of his own.

    Lenny Harris

    The back-to-back homers started a five-run seventh inning rally as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Sammy Sosa's 20th home run and beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 Monday night.

    "I was in the on-deck circle and she just looked at me and said, 'Hey, Harris, you don't have a home run yet.' So, I said, 'Yeah, I don't hit home runs.' And she said, 'Well, you're going to hit one now,' '' Harris recounted.

    "So, when I did hit the home run I had to go over there and shake her hands and tell her thank you.''

    The fan asked for and got an autographed baseball from Harris, who collected his second extra-base hit in 46 at-bats.

    "She said give me a baseball. I was like, 'What else do you want? I'll give you anything. You keep coming,' '' Harris said.

    "I was just following orders.''

    Valerio De Los Santos (1-1) pitched two shutout innings for his first victory since Sept. 27, 2000, and Milwaukee matched its season high with its fourth straight victory.

    The Brewers fell behind 5-1 in the fifth after Jamey Wright allowed four home runs, two to Fred McGriff.

    But Jon Lieber, who cruised through six innings, began the seventh by allowing consecutive homers to an unlikely tandem: Bako, who had homered once this season, and Harris, who hadn't hit one all year.

    "Those are the unlikely heroes,'' Wright said. "It was fun to watch. I just wish I was watching from the dugout instead of in here in the clubhouse lifting weights.''

    Harris' third career pinch-hit homer made it 5-4, but Lieber stayed in the game and, after getting Alex Sanchez on a groundout, he allowed an infield single to Eric Young.

    In came Joe Borowski (2-3), who faced just two batters but surrendered an RBI single to Jeffrey Hammonds and a two-run double to Richie Sexson that gave Milwaukee a 6-5 lead.

    Jeff Fassero struck out Geoff Jenkins for the second out, which he thought was the third -- he was halfway to the third-base line before catcher Joe Girardi caught his attention.

    Tyler Houston then sent Fassero's next pitch over right fielder Sosa's head for a run-scoring triple and a 7-5 lead. The rally included an RBI single, an RBI double, an RBI triple and two solo homers.

    "I put all the blame on myself,'' Lieber said. "The guys give you a good lead, and you've got to put it away. This one definitely bothers me because I felt like I had good stuff tonight. I didn't do it, and that's all there is to it.''

    Ray King gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Chris Stynes in the eighth that made it 7-6 before striking out pinch-hitter Todd Hundley.

    Mike DeJean pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances, striking out Sosa to end it.

    McGriff's solo homers came in the second and fourth innings and were his eighth and ninth of the season.

    The Cubs tacked on another run in the fourth when Mark Bellhorn scored from first on Bill Mueller's two-out single to left-center for a 3-1 lead.

    Corey Patterson hit his third homer of the year in the fifth, and Sosa followed with an opposite-field shot for a 5-1 lead.

    Wright allowed five runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over five innings.

    "I'm still trying to figure out how I gave up four home runs,'' Wright said. "Let's put in this way, I hope I go out there my next 23 starts and have the same stuff I had today.''

    Cubs manager Don Baylor said he only wishes the shots weren't all solo.

    "Offensively, we just hit the homers and that was it,'' Baylor said. "I'd like to hit four home runs with somebody on base.''

    The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Sanchez scored on Jeffrey Hammonds' triple. Hammonds also drove Sanchez home from second base with a two-out single in the fifth.

    "I knew if we ever started hitting we would win some games,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said.

    Game notes

    McGriff has 38 multihomer games in his career, including two this year. ... Royster hopes Jose Hernandez will be the first Milwaukee player voted as an All-Star starter since Paul Molitor in 1988. Royster said as much attention should be paid to Hernandez's offensive numbers (he leads NL shortstops in homers, RBIs and slugging) and superb defense as his major league-leading 72 strikeouts.

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