Series: Game 2 of 3

Arizona leads 2-0 (as of 8/17)

Game 1: Friday, August 16
Arizona 2Final
Chicago 1
Game 2: Saturday, August 17
Arizona 6Final
Chicago 2
Game 3: Sunday, August 18
Arizona 2Final
Chicago 3

Diamondbacks 6

(78-45, 39-25 away)

Cubs 2

(51-70, 27-36 home)

    1:05 PM ET, August 17, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    ARI 001000104 6 - -
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    W: M. Fetters (2-0)

    L: K. Farnsworth (3-5)

    Durazo's first career slam lifts D-Backs

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Seeing Erubiel Durazo break a tie with a grand slam in the ninth inning was bad enough for the fans at Wrigley Field.

    But watching the Cubs run themselves out of a rally in the bottom of the inning was too much.

    "Go on strike! Go on strike!'' the crowd of 38,728 chanted as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday.

    When pinch-runner Joe Girardi's baserunning error caused Alex Gonzalez to get caught in a rundown between third and home, the chants started, and the crowd kept it up until the end of the game.

    "We've been booed for a while now, and rightfully so,'' Cubs starter Kerry Wood said.

    The victory was Arizona's eighth in a row, a season high. The Diamondbacks have also won nine straight road games.

    Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 43rd homer of the season. It was his 493rd career home run, matching Lou Gehrig for 18th place on the lifetime list.

    The Diamondbacks have won 22 of their last 26 games and took advantage of three Chicago base running errors.

    The Cubs have lost five of six.

    Quinton McCracken and Junior Spivey singled with two outs in the ninth. Steve Finley followed with a grounder that shortstop Alex Gonzalez misplayed for an error, loading the bases.

    Durazo hit the first pitch from Kyle Farnsworth (3-5) over the center field fence.

    "I said it earlier on this road trip, Erubiel is one of those guys who seem to be in a scoring position when he steps in the batting box,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He is an extremely dangerous hitter.''

    Mike Fetters (2-0) got the victory after striking out Sosa and Fred McGriff in the eighth.

    The Cubs tried to rally in the ninth, hitting three consecutive singles before Girardi, running for Todd Hundley, made his baserunning blunder.

    "The runner has to make sure the runner goes home there, but I'm not going to single out too much today because, to be honest with you, we just played a bad ballgame today,'' Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm said.

    Bill Mueller was caught stealing in the first, just before Sosa homered, and Wood was caught off first base with a runner on third.

    Wood allowed five hits and one run over six innings. He struck out five and walked three. Wood was relieved because of a blistered finger.

    Wood was in line for the victory until Cubs reliever Joe Borowski gave up three hits and one run in the seventh.

    "My job as a pitcher is to go out there and keep the game close for as long as I can, and when you only go six innings you really don't expect to come out with a W,'' Wood said.

    Rod Barajas doubled in the Arizona seventh and scored on pinch-hitter Jay Bell's single, making it 2-all.

    Mark Bellhorn led off the Cubs' first with a single and Mueller followed with an RBI double. Mueller was then caught trying to steal third while Sosa was batting.

    Sosa, who leads the major leagues in homers, connected off Miguel Batista. Sosa extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and has homered 10 times during the streak.

    "It's very nice to be in the league with another legend, but I need to keep continuing doing my job,'' Sosa said.

    Batista allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two.

    Game notes

    Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez was held out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game with a strained right rib cage. ... Sosa has homered 11 times in August. ... Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 12 games on a single in the seventh. ... The Diamondbacks own a National League best 39-25 road record.

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