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Sosa pleased with Baker's late strategy

4/13/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker is already making his
presence felt from the bench.

Corey Patterson hit an RBI single and pinch-hitter Troy O'Leary
had a sacrifice fly as Chicago rallied in the eighth inning to beat
the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 going into the eighth, but wound up scoring
twice after a series of moves by both managers.

Sammy Sosa led off the Cubs eighth with a double against
Boehringer. One out later, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon pulled
Boehringer (0-1) after he had a 2-0 count to Hee Seop Choi.

Lefty Scott Sauerbeck relieved, and Baker sent up Eric Karros to
bat for Choi. After Karros was intentionally walked, Patterson
singled up the middle to tie it at 3.

Sosa liked Baker's strategy in the eighth.

"That was a great move right there, he made the right
decision,'' said Sosa. "Everything worked the way he wanted it
to.''

McClendon defended his move on pulling Boehringer and
intentionally walking Karros.

"We did what we wanted to do with the walk. We got the matchups
we wanted,'' McClendon said. "That's baseball.''

Lenny Harris pinch-ran for Karros, Mark Bellhorn drew a walk to
load the bases and Mike Williams relieved Sauerbeck. O'Leary pinch
hitting for Damian Miller followed with a fly ball for the go-ahead
run.

"This team is battling and I think that is a trademark of
Dusty,'' said Cubs starter Matt Clement.

Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the
victory. Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth inning to collect his
third save in three opportunities.

Clement struggled in the first three innings. He hit one batter,
walked two and gave up three hits, two them of doubles.

Aramis Ramirez put the Pirates ahead with a two-run double in
the third, but Clement shut down the Pirates lineup for the next
three innings. He retired the next 12 batters in order.

Wilson was able to reach base on Choi's throwing error in the
seventh and moved up on Clement's wild pitch. An RBI grounder by
Kenny Lofton put the Pirates ahead 3-2.

Clement allowed three runs, two of them earned, on four hits and
two walks in seven innings.

Patterson scored on a single by Damian Miller in the fourth to
tie it at 2.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead when Moises Alou doubled in the second
and Wells walked Choi and Patterson to load the bases. After
striking out Bellhorn, Wells walked Miller to force home a run.

Wells allowed three hits, walked five and struck out six in six
innings.

"The last game I also had trouble with my command,'' said
Wells. "I tried to be too fine and hit the corners rather than
just throw down the middle and get ahead.''

Game notes
Stairs didn't start because of a sore hamstring. He is
day-to-day. ... Sosa is batting just .227 over his last seven games
(5-for-22) with two extra-base hits. ... Entering the game, the
Pirates had gone 21 innings without an extra-base hit. Jason
Kendall hit a first inning double to end the streak. ... With the
victory, the Cubs won their third series of the season. In 2002,
they didn't record their third series victory until the first week
of May. In their 10th series of the season.