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Archive for Monday, August 19, 2002

National League Roundup: Cubs end D-back’s run

Sosa, Bellhorn collide in Chicago’s 3-2 victory

August 19, 2002

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— 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 Sunday despite a scary collision.

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.

Dodgers 2, Mets 1

New York Marquis Grissom tripled, doubled and scored twice as Los Angeles sent New York to its 11th straight home loss and eighth in a row overall. Andy Ashby (9-9) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings for his second victory in 10 decisions. Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 43rd save, one short of Todd Worrell's club mark set in 1996.

Cardinals 5, Phillies 1

Philadelphia Edgar Renteria hit his first career grand slam, leading Matt Morris and St. Louis over Philadelphia before a crowd of 58,493. The Phillies honored Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, and fans got dual bobblehead dolls featuring the popular announcer and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn. The first sellout crowd of the season at Veterans Stadium, however, did not get another chance to boo former Phillies star Scott Rolen. The third baseman, traded to the Cardinals on July 29, did not play because of a sore left shoulder.

Rockies 6, Braves 3

Atlanta Larry Walker homered twice and Jay Payton had four hits as Colorado handed Atlanta consecutive losses for the first time in more than a month. Payton homered and tied his career high with four of 13 hits off Greg Maddux (11-5), who came in leading the NL with a 2.51 ERA. The four-time Cy Young winner had not given up that many hits in a game since the New York Yankees also had 13 on June 3, 2000.

Expos 9, Padres 2

Montreal Jose Vidro homered twice and Jose Macias hit a three-run shot off Jake Peavy (4-5) to lead Tomo Ohka and Montreal over San Diego. A crowd of 24,872 on Vladimir Guerrero bobblehead day raised the Expos' attendance through 63 home games to 653,203, surpassing their total of 642,748 for the entire 2001 season.

Pirates 3, Brewers 2

Pittsburgh Adam Hyzdu homered and drove in two runs, and Mike Williams set a team record with his 35th save for Pittsburgh.

Reds 2, Astros 1 (10)

Cincinnati Sean Casey hit a solo shot off Ricky Stone (5-2) in the 10th inning, the fourth time this season Cincinnati has ended a game with a home run. Austin Kearns hit a solo homer in the second for the Reds, and Jeff Bagwell matched it in the seventh to tie a game dominated by pitching.

Marlins 3, Giants 0

Miami A.J. Burnett pitched a three-hitter for his major league-leading fifth shutout as Florida handed San Francisco its fourth consecutive loss. Burnett (12-9) struck out nine, walked two and set a career high for wins.

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