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Belliard homers twice as Brewers beat Cubs

9/2/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- Put Glendon Rusch on the mound against the
Chicago Cubs, and the Milwaukee Brewers win.

The Cubs won the second game 17-4 when Sammy Sosa hit his 494th career homer and Kerry
Wood won for only the second time since the All-Star break.

In the opener, Rusch won his seventh consecutive game against the Cubs on Monday as the
Brewers beat Chicago 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader.
Ronnie Belliard homered twice, and former Cubs Eric Young and Jose
Hernandez added solo shots.

It was Milwaukee's fourth victory in a row.

''There's nothing I do against them that I don't do against
anyone else,'' said Rusch, whose winning streak against the Cubs
dates to April 22, 2000, when he was with the New York Mets. He's
beaten Chicago four times this season alone.

Moises Alou hit a two-run homer, but the Cubs stranded 11 as
they lost for the fifth time in seven games. Chicago has dropped 10
so far this season to Milwaukee, the National League's worst team.

''Losing 10 to anyone is tough to swallow,'' Cubs interim
manager Bruce Kimm said. ''But they beat us today. We left a lot of
men on base. One hit would have put everything in our favor in a
lot of instances.''

But it was the Brewers who got the hits when they needed them.
Trailing 2-0, Belliard led off the third inning with a homer. He
tied the game with another leadoff homer in the fifth.

It was the second two-homer game of his career and gave him
three homers overall this season.

Young hit a solo shot in the fifth, and Hernandez led off the
eighth with his 24th home run of the season. Milwaukee has scored
38 runs on 55 hits in the past four games.

''I didn't say a word to these guys, they're just coming up with
big hits,'' manager Jerry Royster said. ''Key hits and good
pitching is what we've been missing all year. It's fun now when
you're in the game.''

While Belliard and the former Cubs were supplying the offense, Rusch
(8-13) took care of Chicago. As usual. He gave up two runs and
eight hits in six innings, striking out six while walking two. He's
beaten the Cubs four times this season.

Mike DeJean pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 26
opportunities.

Cubs left-hander Steve Smyth, recalled from Triple-A Iowa before
the game, had a rough welcome back. He gave up eight hits and three
runs -- all on homers -- in just 4 2/3 innings.

But the Cubs didn't give Smyth (1-3) much help. They had a
runner in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth
innings and couldn't score.

Bobby Hill was on third with no outs in the fifth, but Sosa and Alou struck out, and Angel Echevarria hit a liner right to
third. In the sixth, Mark Bellhorn doubled and took third on a wild
pitch. But instead of lifting pitcher Pat Mahomes -- who has spent
almost his entire career in the AL -- for a pinch-hitter with two
outs, Kimm let him hit.

Mahomes was called out on strikes.

''We had a lot of game left,'' Kimm said. ''I knew Rusch's pitch
count was up and I didn't think one run was insurmountable.''

Game notes
Sosa returned to the lineup after missing the last nine
games with a strained back. He was 1-for-4. ... Belliard's other
two-homer game came July 24, 2001, against Los Angeles. ... The
start of the first game was delayed 32 minutes by rain showers. ...
This is the Brewers' only doubleheader of the season. ... Cubs
rookie right-hander Mark Prior will miss the rest of the season with a
strained hamstring.