Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 6/20)

Game 1: Friday, June 20
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Chi Cubs3
Game 2: Saturday, June 21
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Chi Cubs6
Game 3: Sunday, June 22
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White Sox 12

(34-39, 13-22 away)

Cubs 3

(39-33, 18-16 home)

    3:20 PM ET, June 20, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Garland (5-6)

    L: S. Estes (6-6)

    Sox chase Estes with six runs in first

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Miguel Olivo's first at-bat in a White Sox-Cubs game is one he'll remember the rest of his career.

    The rookie catcher hit his first grand slam to cap a six-run first inning Friday and power the White Sox to a 12-3 victory over the Cubs -- the most lopsided game since the Chicago rivals started interleague play in 1997.

    "Baseball is a lucky game. I'm lucky that I got my first grand slam today, the first one of my career," Olivo said. "It was great."

    The White Sox, a disappointment as the third-place team in the AL Central, made the most of wild Cubs pitching -- 10 walks -- and some shaky defense to pull away early on a sunny but chilly 62-degree day at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs starter Shawn Estes (6-6) lasted just one inning and struggled with his control, walking four. Then when he did put it over, Olivo drove it over the wall in left-center.

    "I hope I wake up tomorrow and realize it was a dream. It was one of those outings you don't want to remember," Estes said.

    "There are no excuses. I just didn't get the job done and it's a tough way to start a series in a game against your rivals."

    Sammy Sosa, in his first home game since serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat, was mostly cheered when introduced, although some fans mixed in a very noticeable share of boos. Sosa was traded from the White Sox to the Cubs in 1992.

    He also had trouble with the sun in right field, losing one ball and trapping another during a four-run White Sox fourth. He was 0-for-4 with a walk. Sosa declined comment after the game.

    "It's not a defensive lapse if you lose a ball in the sun. I don't care if you have X-ray glasses. He just lost it in the sun," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

    The Cubs, who'd been involved in a brawl in Cincinnati on Thursday when they wrapped up a 10-game road trip, appeared to be flat at the outset.

    "There was no letdown," Baker said. "Letdown is 6-0 in the first inning. It's a matter of us walking them and them getting a big blow that hurt."

    Former Cubs first-round draft pick Jon Garland (5-6) allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings to get the victory.

    In the first, Magglio Ordonez had an RBI single, Aaron Rowand drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0 and then Olivo hit a 3-2 pitch for his fifth homer of the season.

    Frank Thomas doubled and Ordonez walked in the second and both scored on Carlos Lee's line single to center that Corey Patterson let get by him for a two-base error.

    In the fourth, Sosa lost Ordonez's fly ball in the sun, allowing Thomas -- who had walked -- to reach third. Lee hit an RBI single to center and Joe Crede followed with another to right when Sosa again had trouble with the sun and trapped his sinking liner. Rowand followed with a two-run double and the White Sox had a 12-1 lead.

    "Everybody says this is just another game, but we would all be lying if we said we didn't get a little pumped up for this series," said Rowand, who had three of the White Sox's 11 hits.

    "It was a good thing to see us finally score some runs," said Thomas, who scored three times and had two walks and a double.

    "I don't know if Estes ever got loose in that first inning. We are fortunate and we will take it."

    Alex Gonzalez homered off Garland in the first for the Cubs' first run and Troy O'Leary had an RBI double in the sixth. Tom Goodwin singled in a run off David Sanders in the seventh.

    Garland was the Cubs' first-round pick (10th overall) in the 1997 draft and was traded the next season to the White Sox for reliever Matt Karchner.

    Garland is now 2-2 against the Cubs after getting his first win at Wrigley Field.

    "I've never been the one to bring it up," Garland said of the trade from one Chicago team to the other. "I went on with my career."

    Game notes


    The White Sox lead the interleague series 17-14. The previous most lopsided game in the series was the Cubs' 10-2 win in 1999 at what was then called Comiskey Park. ... Announced attendance was 39,080. ... There have been 156 players who have appeared in at least one major league game for both the Cubs and White Sox, including Sosa and current White Sox reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon. Cubs radio analyst Ron Santo and TV analyst Steve Stone played for both teams as did White Sox TV analyst Darrin Jackson. ... Estes threw 52 pitches in the top of the first. The shortest outing of his career is two-thirds of an inning. ... Jose Hernandez, acquired in a trade from the Rockies, rejoined the Cubs and entered the game at shortstop in the sixth. He was traded from Chicago to Atlanta in 1999. ... Pitcher Mark Prior pinch-hit in the ninth after the Cubs ran out of position players. He struck out.

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