PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia's Pat Burrell made up for two
defensive misplays with a baserunning gem.
Burrell lost two popups in the twilight over Veterans Stadium,
leading to two Chicago runs in the fifth, but his heads-up baserunning in the 10th gave the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. With runners on first and third and one out in the 10th, Burrell
was intentionally walked by Jeff Fassero (3-6). Travis Lee then hit
a grounder to second baseman Mark Bellhorn. Burrell stopped and
Bellhorn chased him back toward first. While Bellhorn was chasing Burrell, Lee reached safely and Jason
Michaels scored the winning run for the Phillies. "You have to think about plays,'' Burrell said. "I knew that
my run meant nothing, that I just had to eliminate the double play.
I'm not the fastest guy but I just tried to make him tag me and
miss the force.'' Cubs manager Bruce Kimm defended Bellhorn. "It was a tough play, no use beating up on the kid,'' said
Kimm, who is now 5-3 since taking over as manager on July 6. "He
just made the wrong decision but he's made a lot of real good
ones.'' The drawn-in infield was set up for the double play if the ball
was hit hard but Kimm added that if was a soft grounder the play
was to home. But Bellhorn went with his instinct. "The natural reaction when you see a guy running is to tag
him,'' said Bellhorn, who is playing in his first full season in
the majors. "I made a mistake but I'll learn from it.'' Jose Mesa (3-5) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. The Phillies tied the game at 3 in the ninth on a two-run double
by Mike Lieberthal against Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca. Burrell's
leadoff double chased Cubs starter Kerry Wood. After Lee popped out and Scott Rolen walked, Lieberthal doubled
to center to score two. It was Alfonseca's fourth blown save in 16
chances. "Once in a while you have one of those games,'' Kimm said.
"Most times he'll get three outs.'' Burrell, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, was also part of a
bizarre fifth inning that saw the Cubs break open a 1-1 game. With one out, Bill Mueller knocked a popup to shallow left field
that Burrell lost in the sky over the top of the stadium, leading
to a double. After Sammy Sosa walked, Fred McGriff also hit a high fly that
Burrell could not find, scoring Mueller. Burrell's throw to third
to try to get Sosa bounced away allowing Sosa to score all the way
from first. "I've lost balls in the sun and in the lights but never like
that,'' Burrell said. "Two minutes later it would be fine but, at
that time, when it goes up over the stadium, it's like a ghost.
It's a phantom ball.'' Wood allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one in
eight-plus innings. After Burrell homered to lead off the fourth,
Wood allowed just one hit and retired 15 of 17 until Burrell's
double in the ninth. Robert Person gave up three runs, four hits and a career-worst
eight walks in 5 2-3 innings. It was the 12th time in 15 starts
this season that he has failed to pitch beyond the sixth inning.
Person threw just 54 strikes in 115 pitches. Person was lifted in the sixth after walking the bases loaded
with two outs. Hector Mercado came in and got McGriff to ground
out. Todd Hundley homered in the second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Burrell's 25th homer, on a 3-2 count, came after the previous
pitch sailed over his head. The Phillies had the bases loaded with nobody out in the second
inning but Lieberthal flew out and Marlon Anderson and Person
struck out to end the inning.
Jeremy Giambi was the leadoff batter for the Phillies, the
first time he has hit there since joining the club on May 25. He
had been Oakland's leadoff hitter before the trade. ... All nine of
Hundley's homers have come left-handed. ... Moises Alou is now 1-for-16 against Person in his career. ... Sosa is 10-for-48 in his
last 13 games.