Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
Chi Cubs1
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
Chi Cubs4
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
Chi Cubs5

Athletics 3

(38-28, 15-18 away)

Cubs 4

(38-30, 19-15 home)

1:05 PM ET, June 19, 2004

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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OAK 000300000 3 9 1
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W: K. Farnsworth (2-3)

L: C. Bradford (3-4)

Barrett lifts Cubs with two-run double

CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Barrett added another highlight to his career season.

Barrett lined a two-run double into the right-field corner in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, giving the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. It was Chicago's seventh win in its final at-bat and its 18th comeback victory this season.

It wouldn't have happened without Barrett. Acquired in a trade last offseason, the catcher finished 2-for-5 with three RBI. He raised his average to .313 and is fourth on the Cubs with 36 RBI.

"This has been a dream," Barrett said. "That hit right there is comparable to my first hit in the majors. I'm not a guy who shows that much emotion. I try to stay consistent, but that was incredible."

The Cubs spoiled another strong start by Mark Mulder, who outpitched Mark Prior in a marquee matchup.

Oakland took a 3-2 lead into the ninth. But with closer Arthur Rhodes absent, Chad Bradford couldn't hold it.

Pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth started the winning rally with a one-out infield single. Todd Walker had a pinch-hit single, and both scored on Barrett's drive to right.

Barrett started his career in Montreal and hit .293 with eight homers and 52 RBI in his first full season in the majors. His production dropped off the next two seasons, and he struggled during an injury-plagued year in 2003.

He's been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs.

"He makes contact, he uses the whole field and stays out of the air, which is what a clutch hitter has to do. There's no particular way to play him," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm just glad we have him. Because boy, that was huge."

Derrek Lee went 4-for-4 for the Cubs and Kyle Farnsworth (2-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Rhodes was attending to a family matter, leaving it up to Bradford (3-4) to go for his second save in two games. He got just one out and blew his second save in three tries.

Oakland expected to have Rhodes available, but he called early in the day to say he had an afternoon flight and wouldn't make it.

The Athletics have 13 blown saves this season.

"There's been a whole bunch," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "Sometimes they get put in a position where they're not going to be successful because of the circumstances. We can't blame Bradford."

Mulder scattered 10 hits over eight innings, allowing two runs. He has won six straight decisions and has not lost since a 5-1 defeat on April 28 against the New York Yankees. He gave up two runs, striking out four and walking two.

"It's just a shame that Mulder went out there and just absolutely gave his heart and soul," Macha said.

Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Esteban German's two-run triple and an RBI double by Scott Hatteberg.

Prior looked sharp early. The right-hander struck out four of his first six hitters before running into trouble in the three-run fourth, when he gave up four hits and a walk.

Prior retired the side in order in the fifth, but was pulled after throwing 85 pitches. It was his fourth start back from the disabled list after missing the first two months with right Achilles' tendinitis. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five.

"Prior had good stuff today, The consistency is starting to get there," Barrett said. "He had one shaky inning."

Sammy Sosa, who went hitless in his return from the disabled list Friday, lined a double off the center-field wall leading off the second. Sosa went to third on shortstop Bobby Crosby's error and scored on Lee's single for a 1-0 Cubs lead.

Lee cost the Cubs with a baserunning blunder later in the inning when he tried to advance from second with Aramis Ramirez standing on third.

The Cubs added a run in the seventh when Grudzielanek doubled off the wall in right-center and scored on Barrett's single. Sosa had a chance to give the Cubs the lead, but he hit into an inning-ending double play.

Lee finished with four singles and has hit safely in 16 of 18 games. Sosa went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Game notes

Grudzielanek was activated from the DL and went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He had been out since April 10 with inflammation of his right Achilles' tendon. ... Hatteberg has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. ... Prior singled for his first hit of the year. Last season, the right-hander batted .250 with a homer.

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