Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Arizona won 2-1

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

Diamondbacks 2

(78-46, 39-26 away)

Cubs 3

(52-70, 28-36 home)

    2:20 PM ET, August 18, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: A. Alfonseca (2-3)

    L: M. Mantei (2-2)

    Sosa leaves game with headache after collision

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Even after Sammy Sosa and Mark Bellhorn knocked each other out of the game, the Chicago Cubs still found a way to end Arizona's eight-game winning streak.

    Joe Girardi hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday despite a scary collision.

    Sammy Sosa

    Mark Bellhorn, left, and Sammy Sosa both left the game after colliding in the sixth, but 'should be fine.'

    Sosa and Bellhorn ran into each other while chasing Damian Miller's fly ball in the sixth inning. Sosa held up at the last second, trying to avoid the collision, and the ball nicked Bellhorn's mitt in fair territory.

    The Cubs' star right fielder and the second baseman banged shoulders, and were down for several minutes as Miller rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run, giving Arizona a 2-1 lead.

    Sosa and Bellhorn remained in the game for the rest of the inning before being removed with headaches.

    "They really both had contusions to the head and we don't think there is any concussions involved or anything like that,'' said Cubs trainer David Tumbas. "I think they are both going to be fine.''

    Sosa and Bellhorn were checked out by the club's orthopedist. Sosa had a bruise behind his right ear and Bellhorn had a bruise by his left eye.

    "They did complain that they were feeling a little woozy and that's why we took them out,'' said Tumbas.

    Sosa had one at-bat after the collision and popped out.

    "You are very concerned. I saw (Bellhorn's) eyes and he didn't look like he was with us,'' said Girardi. "I don't think Sammy was quite with us after that, he was still trying to play, but that just shows you the character of the two guys that they want to stay in the game.''

    There was no communication between Sosa and Bellhorn when the ball was in the air.

    "You get those kind of balls that are kind of in between, you are both going full speed at it and it is kind of tough to call and I didn't hear him say anything,'' said Bellhorn. "I knew he was there and I didn't want the ball to drop so I had to go for it and we both just collided.''

    Miller scored easily on the play.

    "I saw that they banged pretty hard,'' said Girardi. "I don't mean to be an insensitive guy, but I was telling Freddy (first baseman McGriff) go get the ball because I saw the umpire pointing fair.''

    Miller didn't see where the ball landed or what happened.

    "I went base to base,'' said Miller. "I just kept running. I had no idea where the ball was.''

    Alex Gonzalez led off the Chicago ninth with a single off Matt Mantei (2-2) and stole second. After missing a bunt, Girardi singled to center on an 0-2 pitch to give the Cubs the win.

    Antonio Alfonseca (2-3) pitched a scoreless ninth.

    The Cubs tied it in the eighth. Bill Mueller drew a walk from Arizona reliever Mike Fetters, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, and then scored on McGriff's sacrifice fly off Mike Myers.

    Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing with plate umpire Andy Fletcher.

    Diamondbacks starter Rick Helling retired nine consecutive batters between the second and fourth inning, striking out five in a row during the span.

    Helling went seven innings, giving up five hits -- one run and seven strikeouts. He walked one.

    "We lost the game,'' said Helling. "It would have been a great road trip if we held on and swept the whole trip.''

    Arizona finished 5-1 on its trip.

    In the first, Cubs starter Matt Clement walked Quinton McCracken, hit Junior Spivey with a pitch and walked Steve Finley on four straight pitches, loading the bases. Jay Bell followed with a grounder to shortstop, but Gonzalez fumbled the ball and was charged with an error, allowing McCracken to score.

    Bellhorn doubled in the first and McGriff hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1.

    Spivey got the Diamondbacks' first hit in the fifth inning with a single to left.

    Clement pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out 10 and walked three. He also hit two batters with pitches.

    Game notes


    Diamondbacks OF Luis Gonzalez was held out of the lineup for a fifth consecutive game with a strained right rib cage. ... Mark Grace had a 13-pitch at-bat before striking out in the fifth inning. ... Alex Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games on a single in the fifth inning. ... Sosa went 0-for-3, snapping his 12-game hitting streak.

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