PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Chicago Cubs relied so heavily on
their bullpen in the first game of their doubleheader with the
Pittsburgh Pirates that it may have cost them in the nightcap.
After using five relievers to win the first game, the Cubs could
not overcome a sub-par outing from Juan Cruz and suffered a
10-6 loss to the Pirates in the nightcap.
In the opener, Carlos Zambrano gave manager Dusty Baker just 4
2/3 innings, forcing the Cubs' skipper to use five relievers to
pull out a 10-9 victory. In the nightcap, Cruz (2-6) lasted
just four-plus innings and was roughed up for six runs and eight
Cruz was staked to a 3-2 lead when slugger Sammy Sosa hit his
535th career homer in the top of the fifth. But after Sosa moved
within one homer of Mickey Mantle for 10th place on the
all-time list, Cruz collapsed in the bottom half, allowing Craig
Wilson's game-tying single and Rob Mackowiak's go-ahead base
Dave Veres, who picked up the win in Game One, gave up Carlos
Rivera's RBI double and former Cub Jose Hernandez's sacrifice
fly, putting Chicago in a 6-3 hole. Pittsburgh added a run off
lefthander Shawn Estes in the sixth and two more off former
closer Antonio Alfonseca in the seventh.
The loss was just Chicago's second in eight games, but dropped
them 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the National League Central
Division. The Cubs also fell two behind Philadelphia in the NL
wild card race.
Pittsburgh's Salomon Torres (6-5) lasted five innings and
allowed three runs and seven hits.