PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Rob Mackowiak took a big swing and made one of
the most memorable days of his life a bit more special.
Mackowiak became a father for the first time earlier Friday,
then hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the bottom of
the ninth inning and led the Pittsburgh Pirates' to a 9-5 victory
over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader.
"We weren't even supposed to have the baby today," Mackowiak
said. "It's been a long day, but a good day."
Mackowiak's wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their son, Garrett
Matthew, just after 11 a.m. Friday. About nine hours later,
Mackowiak hit a 2-1 pitch from closer Joe Borowski to right-center
field for his ninth homer.
"I was just trying to hit it hard somewhere and I was lucky
because he left the ball out over the plate," Mackowiak said.
Michael Barrett's pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh gave
Chicago a 5-4 lead but the usually reliable Borowski blew his first
save this season.
In the fifth, Cubs starter Matt Clement became the 21st pitcher
in major league history to hit three batters in one inning, and the
first Chicago pitcher to do so since Walter Thornton on May 18,
In the ninth, Borowski (2-3) allowed a leadoff triple to Tike
Redman, and Abraham Nunez singled to right to tie it.
Jason Kendall followed with a single off the glove of shortstop
Rey Ordonez, and after Jack Wilson flied out to center, Borowski
intentionally walked Daryle Ward to load the bases. Craig Wilson
struck out, but Mackowiak won it for the Pirates with his big blast
that sent the Cubs to their third straight loss.
"He was very calm, very relaxed, waiting for the right pitch,"
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Mackowiak was hitless and struck out twice in his first four
"It's been an amazing day," Mackowiak said. "I wasn't doing
too hot out there earlier, but that tops it off right there."
It was the first blown save for Borowski in nine chances, and
ended his franchise record for consecutive saves at 22, dating to
Aug. 5, 2003.
Salomon Torres (3-1) pitched the ninth and picked up the win.
With one out in the seventh, Todd Walker walked and moved to
third on Moises Alou's two-out single to center. Starter Kip Wells
was replaced by Mike Johnston after walking Aramis Ramirez to load
the bases. Barrett followed with the Cubs' fourth grand slam this
Barrett, hitting for Todd Hollandsworth, hit a 1-2 pitch from
Johnston over the wall in left-center field to erase a 4-1 deficit.
It was Barrett's eighth homer of the season and first career
grand slam. It was the Cubs' first pinch-hit grand slam since Julio
Zuleta had one on June 5, 2001, against St. Louis.
The Pirates sent nine batters to the plate and took a 4-1 lead
in the fifth inning when Clement, who allowed only one hit through
the first four innings, tied a major league record by hitting three
The last pitcher to hit three batters in one inning was Los
Angeles' Kaz Ishii, who did it last July 23.
With Pittsburgh trailing 1-0, Randall Simon led off the fifth
with a single and moved to second when Bobby Hill was hit by a
pitch. Redman singled to load the bases, and Clement's first pitch
to Wells was behind him, allowing Randall to score and tie it at 1.
After Wells struck out, Kendall was hit to load the bases again.
Jack Wilson singled, scoring Hill and Redman, who beat
Hollandsworth's throw home. Kendall, who took third on the throw,
scored on Ward's sacrifice fly.
Clement was replaced by Anderson after hitting Craig Wilson.
Anderson ended the inning by striking out Mackowiak. Clement
allowed four runs, walked one and struck out six in 4 2-3 innings.
"You can't let an inning get out of hand," Clement said. "I
just didn't come through. I didn't go out there and do the job."
Corey Patterson's two-out RBI single scored Ramirez, who hit a
leadoff double, to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
Wells allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings, walked four and struck
Alou's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to
eight games ... The game began an eight-game homestand for the
Pirates ... After this four-games series, the Cubs will return home
for a 10-game homestand against Houston, Pittsburgh and St. Louis,
their longest of the season ... This was the Pirates' third
doubleheader of the season, with three more scheduled. It was the
Cubs' first doubleheader since sweeping the Pirates in Chicago last