Series: Game 3 of 4

Milwaukee leads 2-1 (as of 8/28)

Game 1: Monday, August 26
Chicago 1Final
Milwaukee 2
Game 2: Tuesday, August 27
Chicago 6Final
Milwaukee 2
Game 3: Wednesday, August 28
Chicago 1Final
Milwaukee 5
Game 4: Thursday, August 29
Chicago 13Final
Milwaukee 10

Cubs 1

(55-76, 27-40 away)

Brewers 5

(46-86, 28-40 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 28, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: G. Rusch (7-13)

    L: K. Wood (9-8)

    S: L. Vizcaino (4)

    Harris shakes off illness, has four hits for Brewers

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Lenny Harris has been a lot more than a pinch-hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers the past few weeks.


    Despite flulike symptoms, Harris had four hits, including a home run, and scored twice to lead the Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-1 Wednesday night.

    "Today, I came to the park and I didn't think I was going to play,'' said Harris, who has a major league-leading 168 pinch-hits in his 15-year career. "I went in and got ready.''

    Limited to pinch-hitting most of the first half of the season, Harris has received steady playing time recently with Jeffrey Hammonds bothered by a sore shoulder.

    Harris is hitting .363 (29-for-80) since the All-Star break, often batting third ahead of Richie Sexson.

    "He's just so professional and he brings so much to the team, especially right now while Jeffrey is hurt a little bit,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said. "All of a sudden, he's a guy I'm depending on to bat third.

    Glendon Rusch (7-13) pitched seven strong innings, scattering seven hits and walking none to improve to 3-0 against the Cubs this year and 6-1 lifetime.

    "Things like that are fluky, when you have better records against certain teams,'' Rusch said. "The key is just making good pitches.''

    Playing their fourth consecutive game without Sammy Sosa, the Cubs scored in the first inning but did not get a runner past first base again until the seventh.

    Luis Vizcaino got five outs for his fourth save.

    Kerry Wood (9-8) gave up three runs, two earned, while striking out eight in five innings and pitching out of several jams. The Brewers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position the first three innings. Wood has not won since July 27, going 0-3 in six starts despite a 3.82 ERA in that span. The Cubs have scored 19 runs in his eight losses.

    "It's to the point now where I don't know what to say, except that it's embarrassing,'' Wood said. "That's all I have to say.''

    With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth, Harris hit a two-out single and scored on Sexson's 27th homer for a 3-1 lead. Harris then hit his second homer of the season in the seventh for a 4-1 lead.

    "He's had the greatest career ever at what he did, and he's done a great job,'' Royster said. "He's done a great job at what major league baseball has asked him to do.''

    Chicago, which has lost nine of 12 to Milwaukee this year, got a runner to third with one out in the seventh, but Rusch struck out pinch-hitter Bobby Hill and got Todd Hundley to pop out to end the inning.

    "It seems like we should score more runs than we have, no doubt,'' Cubs manager Bruce Kimm said. "I'll leave it at that.''

    In six August starts, Rusch is 2-3 with a 2.61 ERA.

    The Cubs have not homered since Sosa was sidelined with a strained muscle in his neck. They are 1-3, scoring only eight runs.

    Mark Bellhorn led off the game with a double down the right-field line and scored on Angel Echevarria's sacrifice fly.

    The Brewers have been outscored 104-54 in the first inning this season, and have a 6.89 ERA in the first -- worst in the majors.

    Milwaukee scored an unearned run in the third to tie it. Eric Young led off with a walk and moved to second on Harris' single.

    On a double steal, catcher Joe Girardi's throw to third sailed down the line for an error, allowing Young to score.

    Ryan Thompson hit his fifth homer in the eighth to give Milwaukee a 5-1 lead.

    Game notes

    Harris was with Cincinnati when he had a career-high five hits on Aug. 23, 1989, against Montreal. ... Cubs RHP Jason Bere is scheduled to start Saturday in a doubleheader against St. Louis if there is no strike. He has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a severe bruise on his right knee. ... Sosa has missed seven games this season, the most since 1996, when he played in 124.

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