Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 25
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Game 2: Saturday, July 26
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Game 3: Sunday, July 27
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Cubs 5

(52-52, 28-25 away)

Astros 3

(57-48, 33-20 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 27, 2003

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    CHC 120010100 5 10 0
    HOU 002001000 3 6 1

    W: S. Estes (7-8)

    L: J. Robertson (10-4)

    S: J. Borowski (19)

    Sosa ties Williams, McCovey on career HR list

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Sammy Sosa hit his 521st career home run, tying Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 12th place on the career list, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-3 Sunday.

    Sosa, who had been 0-for-7 in the series, homered to left in the first inning, his 22nd of the season and 12th in July. He trails Jimmie Foxx by 13 homers for 11th place on the career list.

    Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek also had solo homers, and Kenny Lofton went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. The Cubs won the season series 5-4 and pulled within 4½ games of the first-place Astros in the NL Central.

    Shawn Estes (7-8) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, striking out six. He had been 0-3 in seven starts since defeating Baltimore on June 10.

    Chicago stopped the nine-game winning streak of Jeriome Robertson (10-4), an Astros rookie record. Robertson, who hadn't lost in 16 starts since Montreal chased him after three innings on April 25, lasted just 28 pitches and allowed three runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of his major league career.

    Kyle Farnsworth, Mark Guthrie and Joe Borowski combined for three innings of hitless relief, with Borowski completing the six-hitter for his 19th save in 22 chances.

    After Sosa's homer, Chicago built a 3-0 lead in the second on Karros' homer and Lofton's RBI triple. Grudzielanek homered in the fifth off Ricky Stone, just his third this season.

    Lofton scored in the fifth on a wild pitch by Brad Lidge. In the first, Lofton stole second, then tried to score on a pickoff attempt. Second baseman Jeff Kent retrieved the ball and threw out Lofton at home.

    Jeff Bagwell hit a two-run homer in the third, and Richard Hidalgo homered in the sixth off Dave Veres.

    Game notes

    Karros' homer gave him 1,000 RBI. ... Biggio went 0-for-5. He had reached base in his 30 previous games.

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