Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
Chi Cubs3
Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
Chi Cubs11
Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
Chi Cubs10
Game 4: Thursday, April 17
Chi Cubs16

Reds 1

(5-9, 2-3 away)

Cubs 11

(8-6, 5-3 home)

    2:20 PM ET, April 15, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: S. Estes (1-1)

    L: D. Graves (0-2)

    Cubs take advantage of 24-mph wind, hit three HRs

    CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa needed a little help for his 501st home run.

     Sammy Sosa

    Sosa homered and Shawn Estes pitched no-hit ball through five innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 11-1 on Tuesday.

    The Cubs took advantage of a 24-mph wind to hit three home runs. Mark Bellhorn and Hee Seop Choi also homered.

    The Cubs sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning. Sosa, who hit his 500th homer against Cincinnati on April 4 but had not hit one since, connected against Reds starter Danny Graves, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

    The ball appeared to be a routine fly ball and kept Sosa from his patented hop, but the wind pushed it out of the park.

    "I hit it but I didn't hit it quite enough,'' Sosa said. "Sometimes you know when you hit the ball very good that it's going to go right away. That was kind of a fly ball. I think the wind helped."

    Graves agreed.

    "When I turned around (Ruben) Mateo was going after it like he was camped under it and it just kept going, but that's Wrigley Field," Graves said.

    Graves then gave up a single to Troy O'Leary, a walk to Choi and a single to Ramon Martinez. Bellhorn followed with a two-run single, scoring O'Leary and Choi and Adam Dunn dropped Paul Bako's fly ball in left, scoring Martinez. Then Corey Patterson drove in Bellhorn with a double over Dunn's to head to make it 5-0.

    "He (Graves) got a little a tentative after the fly ball went out," Cincinnati manager Bob Boone said.

    Estes (1-1) retired the first nine batters he faced before walking Felipe Lopez to open the fourth. He also hit Sean Casey in that inning but escaped by getting Austin Kearns to hit into a double play.

    The Cubs committed three errors Monday night in their 11-3 loss to the Reds, but played better defense on Tuesday.

    "It was a good day for us especially after the bad day we had yesterday," manager Dusty Baker said. "It's kind of a tale of two teams from yesterday to today. Hopefully we do the same tomorrow and hopefully we're not on an every other day program."

    Kelly Stinnett got Cincinnati's first hit leading off the sixth inning when the wind drove his fly ball over Corey Patterson's head for a leadoff double.

    Graves (0-2) in his first season as a starter, pitched five innings and gave up nine runs, six of them earned.

    Martinez had an RBI-double in the fifth and scored on Patterson's single. One batter later, Sosa drove in two more runs on a double to make it 9-0.

    Choi tagged Reds reliever Josias Manzanillo for a leadoff homer in the sixth and Bellhorn hit his first home run of the season, to make it 11-0.

    "We took advantage of the wind and got some balls up in the air and they carried off," Estes said. "It makes my job a lot easier."

    Estes worked eight innings, allowing one run and five hits. Kyle Farnsworth pitched the ninth.

    Game notes
    The Reds committed two errors and lead the NL with 19 errors in 14 games. ... In Chicago's eight wins this season, the pitching staff has surrendered just 39 hits. ... Sosa is three home runs shy of Hall of Famer Eddie Murray whose 504 home runs are 17th on the alltime list.

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