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ChiSox work late magic, Cubs lose 4th straight

6/29/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Struggling D'Angelo Jimenez found himself on the
bench when the game started Saturday. Seconds after it was over, he
was being mobbed by jubilant teammates.

Jimenez hit an RBI single in the ninth as the White Sox beat the
Cubs 7-6 Saturday -- their second straight win over their crosstown
rivals in the final inning.

The first person to greet Jimenez after his game-winning hit was
Jose Valentin, whose ninth-inning homer Friday gave the White Sox a
4-3 win.

"I've been trying to do too much lately and I went up there
trying not to do that," Jimenez said.

Jimenez entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Saturday.
He was benched because he'd been batting just .159 in his previous
18 games and had committed some lapses in the field, including an
error Friday.

"I told myself after yesterday's game: `You're better than
that, D'Angelo," Jimenez said.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker said his bullpen is better than the way
it has pitched over the last four games when it has surrendered
late homers in each one.

The Cubs' four-game losing streak is their longest of the
season, and on Sunday they will try to avoid being swept for the
first time all season. Kerry Wood will face 11-game winner Esteban
Loaiza.

"It's been a terrible week for us," Baker said. "I've got an
excellent bullpen. It's just been a bad bullpen week."

Aaron Rowand, recalled from Triple-A less than three weeks ago,
got the White Sox in position to win when he hit a two-out, two-run
homer in the eighth off Antonio Alfonseca to tie the game at 6-all.

Alfonseca also gave up Valentin's game-winner Friday.

"It's awesome to come up with a big hit, especially against the
Cubs," said Rowand, who was 0-for-4 before connecting.

"It's a rivalry, not really bragging rights. It's just that
when the schedule comes out every year, you look to see when the
Cubs series is."

Magglio Ordonez was walked by Juan Cruz (1-3) to lead off the
ninth and when Carlos Lee flied to right, he raced into second
ahead of Sammy Sosa's throw.

Mike Remlinger replaced Cruz and after striking out Valentin, he
walked Tony Graffanino intentionally.

Jimenez, batting right-handed where he has a higher average,
singled on an 0-1 pitch and Ordonez beat the throw home, setting
off another wild celebration at U.S. Cellular Field as the Cubs
trudged to the dugout.

"We all need to pull together a little bit and realize this is
one of those stretches you go through," Remlinger said.

"When you realize that it's just a bump in the road and you
need to get through it, as a team you do that."

Billy Koch (4-4) pitched the ninth to win for a second straight
game.

Leading by two, it appeared the Cubs' defense had saved them in
the seventh.

The White Sox had two on and no outs in the seventh when Cubs
left fielder Troy O'Leary leaped for an over-the-shoulder catch to
take extra bases away from Lee. One batter later, Sosa went high
above the right-field wall to rob Valentin of a homer.

But in the eighth, Rowand brought the White Sox back.

White Sox starter Bartolo Colon lasted just 5 1-3 innings,
giving up six runs, six hits and issuing seven walks to tie a
career high.

After Lenny Harris singled and Colon walked Sosa and Moises Alou
to load the bases in the fifth, Eric Karros hit a two-run single to
give the Cubs a 5-4 lead. Corey Patterson's single made it 6-4 in
the sixth.

The Cubs, who loaded the bases in three different innings Friday
and scored just one run during a 4-3 loss, loaded them in the first
and scored three times when Karros drew a bases loaded walk and
O'Leary hit a two-run single.

The White Sox tied it quickly with a two-out rally in the bottom
half. Frank Thomas doubled, Ordonez walked, Lee blooped in an RBI
double to right and Valentin drove a two-run double to left center.

Ordonez doubled with two outs in the third and scored when Lee
hit a vicious ground ball past first base that struck umpire
Alfonso Marquez in the leg and bounded away, giving the White Sox a
4-3 lead.

Game notes
Sosa was booed loudly again in every plate appearance. ...
Announced attendance was 45,440, fifth largest for a regular-season
game in U.S. Cellular Field history. ... Paul Konerko, who made the
All-Star game last season, went 0-for-3 and is now 9-for-71 in his
last 27 games. His average dropped to .185. ... Kyle Farnsworth
returned to the Cubs bullpen after serving a two-game suspension
for his role in a brawl with Cincinnati's Paul Wilson on June 19.
Farnsworth pitched the bottom of the seventh and was the
beneficiary of the great plays from O'Leary and Sosa.