CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs didn't let a blown five-run lead
or a ninth-inning deficit get them down.
"Our guys were very focused against their closer,'' Cubs
manager Bruce Kimm said. "Although we were down a run, there was
no panic in our dugout. Usually when the closer comes in, you don't
win, but today we did.''
All four Cubs who came to the plate in the ninth reached base as
Mesa (3-6) blew a save for the seventh time in 32 chances.
Sosa, who had hit his 30th homer in the second inning, followed
with an RBI single to tie it. McGriff then won it with a drive to
"In the big leagues, you're supposed to win ballgames like
this, but we almost let this one slip away,'' McGriff said. "It
feels as good as ever to help your team win a ballgame.''
McGriff said he was just trying to pull the ball to the right
side to advance Stynes. Instead he lined it into the gap.
"I thought we battled ... but came up short,'' Philadelphia
manager Larry Bowa said.
After the game and an examination by the Phillies training
staff, the team announced Person would return to Philadelphia for
an MRI on his right shoulder and elbow. The exact nature of the
injury was not disclosed.
"He didn't complain once,'' said Bowa, who added he lifted the
starter because of his performance.
Cubs starter Kerry Wood, winless since July 3, gave up three
runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out six.
"The worst thing I feel about today is (Wood) didn't get a
win,'' Kimm said.
McGriff hit an RBI grounder in the first, and Chicago increased
the lead to five runs in the second when Stynes hit a two-run
double and Sosa hit a two-run homer, reaching 30 homers for the
Sosa, 8-for-40 since the All-Star break, had been hitless in 11
at-bats and hadn't homered since July 14 against Florida's Vladimir
Philadelphia's first five batters reached in the sixth, when
Abreu hit a two-run double and scored on Burrell's single.
Bellhorn went 3-for-4 with a walk, and is 28-for-69 (.406)
over his last 20 games. ... Chicago OF Moises Alou missed the game,
a day after being hit on the right forearm by Houston pitcher
Brandon Puffer. X-rays were negative. ... Burrell has 19 hits in
his last 46 at-bats (.413). ... Brett Myers, a 21-year-old who is
Philadelphia's top pitching prospect, arrived Monday and is
scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday.