Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/15)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
Chicago 12Final
Cincinnati 15
Game 2: Friday, September 13
Chicago 7Final
Cincinnati 6
Game 3: Saturday, September 14
Chicago 1Final
Cincinnati 3
Game 4: Sunday, September 15
Chicago 6Final
Cincinnati 0

Cubs 6

(64-86, 30-45 away)

Reds 0

(73-76, 38-40 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

    123456789 R H E
    CHC 000000033 6 - -
    CIN 000000000 0 - -

    W: C. Zambrano (4-7)

    L: S. Sullivan (6-5)

    Sosa notches eighth straight 100-RBI season

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sammy Sosa couldn't have picked a better time to make up for his missed opportunities.

    Sosa snapped a scoreless tie and joined an exclusive club, driving in his 100th RBI of the season with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

    Sammy Sosa

    Sammy Sosa joins Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only NL players to reach eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

    Sosa's 421-foot shot off Scott Sullivan (6-5) gave Carlos Zambrano (4-7) his second win since July 15 and the Cubs a split of the four-game series.

    The homer, his 46th, gave Sosa his first RBI since Wednesday and allowed him to join Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only National League players to record eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

    "I feel great,'' Sosa said. "It's something that it's not time yet to celebrate. We're having a tough year. We have to keep going. I'm happy if I finish the season strong.''

    Bobby Hill hit another three-run homer in the top of the ninth, set up when Reggie Taylor dropped Joe Girardi's flyball in center and Todd Hundley singled.

    Zambrano, 1-6 with three no-decisions in 10 starts since July 15, limited the Reds to one hit -- Barry Larkin's first-inning double, his career-high 35th -- and two walks in the first four innings.

    "I was feeling good today,'' Zambrano said. "Everything was in command. My sinker was good, and my splitter was good. I have to mix them in.''

    It was the Cubs' ninth shutout of the season and the seventh time Cincinnati has failed to score.

    The Reds didn't get a runner to third base until Wily Mo Pena singled and advanced from first on Jason LaRue's single with one out in the fifth, but pinch-hitter Jose Guillen flied out and Taylor struck out to end the inning.

    Cincinnati also got two runners on in the sixth, but Adam Dunn flied out to left field and Russell Branyan struck out. Larkin grounded out with runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh.

    "He showed a lot,'' Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm said of Zambrano. "He got into trouble a couple of times, but he kept his composure.''

    Zambrano struck out eight in seven innings, matching his second-highest total of the season. He set his career high with 10 on July 20 against Houston.

    "That guy was tough,'' said Reds starter Danny Graves. "He had great stuff. He had a really good sinker today.''

    Graves, the former closer making just the second start of his career, almost matched Zambrano pitch-for-pitch, allowing three hits in five innings and no walks in a career-high five innings.

    "He was terrific,'' Reds manager Bob Boone said. "He was pitch efficient. It was really nice. We let it get away from us later. We couldn't get any key hits. We got them out there, but we couldn't get them over.''

    Game notes

    Todd Walker singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, matching his career high ... LaRue extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games ... Dunn has not driven in a run in 12 games ... Mark Bellhorn extended his hitting streak to six games with a second-inning single ... Alex Gonzalez snapped a 0-for-7 slump with hits in each of his first two at-bats ... Even with sellouts guaranteed for two of next weekend's final three games at Cinergy Field, 2002 attendance will be below last year's.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press