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Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, June 3
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Milwaukee 7
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
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Milwaukee 6
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
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Milwaukee 1

Cubs 5

(23-35, 13-18 away)

Brewers 1

(22-37, 14-18 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 5, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: K. Farnsworth (1-0)

    L: M. DeJean (0-3)

    Mueller's two-run double seals Cubs' win

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two struggling hitters found their strokes just in time to help the Chicago Cubs avoid a three-game sweep.

    Moises Alou doubled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Bill Mueller hit a two-run double in the top of the 10th as the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Wednesday night.

    Alou was batting just .184 entering the game.

    "I was more aggressive today, and things worked out for me,'' he said.

    Right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds robbed Sammy Sosa of his 21st home run and hit a sacrifice fly for Milwaukee's only run.

    Brewers closer Mike DeJean intentionally walked left-handed hitting Fred McGriff to get to the right-handed Alou with two outs in the ninth.

    With the tying run on third, Alou expected DeJean to shy away from his split-finger and looked for a fastball. Alou got it and drove the ball into the left-center gap, scoring Chris Stynes.

    "I'm glad they walked (McGriff),'' Alou said. "I didn't want to go home 1-for-3 with a loss.''

    In the 10th, Mark Bellhorn led off with a single against DeJean (0-3), and pinch-hitter Bobby Hill walked. Stynes sacrificed both runners over, and Mueller drove a ball over the drawn-in outfield in right-center to score both runners.

    The third baseman came into the game batting just .189, though he had begun to hit the ball hard in the last week.

    "You just keep going back to the basics of working hard, working on your mechanics and having good at-bats,'' Mueller said.

    McGriff followed with a run-scoring single, and Alou added a sacrifice fly as the Cubs ended Milwaukee's five-game winning streak.

    Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory. Antonio Alfonseca got the last three outs.

    Ruben Quevedo put the Brewers in position to win, allowing three hits and striking out 11 over eight innings, lowering his earned-run average in his last five starts to 0.69. He retired the first 13 batters before Alou hit a soft liner to right for a single.

    Brewers manager Jerry Royster pulled Quevedo in favor of reliever Ray King to open the ninth.

    "Jerry made the decision and I can't do anything about that,'' Quevedo said. "But the bullpen has been great.''

    DeJean had been successful on 12 consecutive save chances. King has been a solid situational lefty, but this time they couldn't hold the lead.

    King walked Stynes to open the ninth and was relieved by DeJean, who got two outs before intentionally walking McGriff.

    "I just left the pitch in the middle of the plate to Alou and that was the ballgame,'' DeJean said.

    Three excellent defensive plays also helped Quevedo keep the Cubs off the scoreboard.

    The closest the Cubs came to a hit in the first four innings was in the second, when Alou drove a ball deep to right field. Hammonds jumped at the wall to catch the ball and rob Alou of an extra-base hit.

    But Hammonds topped that in the seventh, leaping at the wall to rob Sosa of a home run.

    In the eighth, Todd Hundley reached when a third strike got away from catcher Paul Bako. Pinch-runner Darren Lewis tried to advance to third on a single to left, but Geoff Jenkins threw him out.

    Milwaukee took the lead after three batters. Alex Sanchez opened with a single, took third on a hit-and-run single by Eric Young and scored on Hammonds' sacrifice fly.

    The Brewers, who have become daring on the basepaths since Royster took over for Davey Lopes as manager on April 18, ran themselves out of another scoring opportunity in the third.

    Third-base coach Gary Allenson sent Young home on another hit-and-run single by Hammonds. The relay from shortstop Alex Gonzalez was in plenty of time to get Young, leaving slugger Richie Sexson to lead off the next inning.

    Cubs starter Jason Bere allowed seven hits over seven innings, striking out six. Chicago's rally allowed him to avoid his eighth consecutive loss.

    Game notes


    The Cubs sent reliever Pat Mahomes to Triple-A Iowa after the game. ... Sanchez's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to seven games. He left before the start of the eighth with a bruised left hand, but is expected to be available Friday at Pittsburgh. ... Sosa went 0-for-4 and is 3-for-20 in his last five games.

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