Chicago Sammy Sosa struck out five times before he broke up the longest scoreless game ever at Wrigley Field. Sosa hit a hard RBI single off Jeff Kent's glove in the 16th inning Saturday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros, 1-0, on a blustery and cold day.
"I just said to myself, 'You got to go up there and keep fighting.' It was a great game, especially for a guy like me who has five strikeouts and in my last at-bat to get the game-winning RBI," Sosa said.
Not since 1916 when the first NL game was played at the park that was later named Wrigley had a game gone scoreless past the 15th, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Two other scoreless games were decided in the 15th at Wrigley, according to Elias. On June 19, 1955, the Phillies beat the Cubs 1-0. On July 21, 1980, the Giants beat the Cubs 2-0.
"This was as well a pitched game as I've ever seen," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said after his team went to 6-0 in extra-inning games.
"As the game went farther along, we really had to concentrate," said Chicago's Corey Patterson. "Guys were getting tired and guys were getting hungry."
Pitchers ruled a 48-degree day, with the Cubs setting a team record by striking out 23 times.
With the wind blowing in from the northeast at 24 mph, several hard-hit balls to the outfield were knocked down.
Sosa had been 0-for-6 and was getting booed before his one-out single won it.
"Sometimes people see you go through a tough time, they think you're finished, but you're not," Sosa said.
"Every good player goes through a little tough time and you got to survive."
Alex Gonzalez walked with one out in the 16th off Ricky Stone (4-1) and made it to third when Patterson singled and right fielder Brian Hunter bobbled the ball.
With center fielder Craig Biggio brought in as a fifth infielder, Sosa hit a sharp single off Kent's glove at second base. Sosa pumped his fist after his first hit since coming off the disabled list Friday.
"It was a tough day offensively. The wind was the reason we didn't score any runs," said Kent, who hit three long drives into the outfield that were caught because they were held up by the gusts.
After Sosa went to the warning track to grab his drive in the 11th, a frustrated Kent rolled in the dirt at first.
"You knew it was going to be a pitcher's duel and it wound up being that," Kent said.
"It's May 31 and I woke up this morning and saw trees on the streets getting blown over and the guy on the Weather Channel says it's not going to get over 50," Houston's Geoff Blum said. "That was just the beginning of the day."
Giants 2, Rockies 1
San Francisco -- Rookie Jesse Foppert struck out a career-high eight batters and added an RBI triple for his first major-league hit, leading San Francisco past Colorado. The Giants won their fourth straight to start a 12-game homestand, the team's longest winning streak since getting six consecutive victories from May 3-9. The Rockies have dropped two in a row to the defending NL champions after a five-game winning streak.
Dodgers 3, Brewers 0
Los Angeles -- Kevin Brown scattered six hits in eight innings to win his sixth straight decision, and Fred McGriff hit the 487th home run of his career as Los Angeles beat Milwaukee. Brown walked none and struck out six.
Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
St. Louis -- Kenny Lofton went 0-for-5 and ended his 26-game hitting streak, but Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis and previously unbeaten Woody Williams. The Pirates have won five of six, including the first two games of the three-game series. The Cardinals fell to 2-4 on a 13-game homestand, their longest of the season, despite the return of center fielder and cleanup hitter Jim Edmonds after missing two games because of bruised ribs.
Mets 4, Braves 2
New York -- Jae Seo pitched into the ninth inning to win for the first time in more than six weeks and Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a two-run double to lead New York past Atlanta. On a rainy day at Shea Stadium, the Mets had their former ace Mike Hampton (2-3) in constant trouble. New York put the leadoff man on base in each of the first five innings and had a runner in scoring position in each of those frames.
Marlins 3, Reds 2
Miami -- Dontrelle Willis pitched seven strong innings and hit his first major-league home run, leading Florida past Cincinnati. Willis (3-1) allowed one run and five hits while striking out eight.