Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 21
Pittsburgh 12Final
Chicago 1
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Pittsburgh 3Final
Chicago 4
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
Pittsburgh 4Final
Chicago 7
Game 4: Thursday, May 23
Pittsburgh 6Final
Chicago 11

Pirates 3

(21-23, 11-12 away)

Cubs 4

(15-28, 7-15 home)

    8:35 PM ET, May 21, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Cruz (1-7)

    L: J. Fogg (5-2)

    S: A. Alfonseca (6)

    Cruz might have saved rotation spot with first win

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa gave the Chicago Cubs a reason to smile, and Juan Cruz left his manager with something to think about.

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    Sosa hit his first homer in 10 games, sending Cruz to his first win as Chicago gained a doubleheader split against Pittsburgh, beating the Pirates 4-3 in the second game Tuesday night.

    Brian Giles hit an inside-the-park home run, and Jimmy Anderson and Sean Lowe combined on a three-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 12-1 victory in the first game.

    Sosa's major league-leading 16th homer, a three-run shot off Josh Fogg, helped keep Cruz (1-7) from becoming the first Cubs pitcher to begin a season 0-8. It also may have helped Cruz, who was to be dropped from the rotation after Tuesday, keep his starting job.

    ``We discussed it for a few minutes after the game,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said. ``We're going to kick it around some more tomorrow. I have the right to change my mind.''

    It was expected that prized pitching prospect Mark Prior, who makes his major league debut Wednesday night, would take Cruz's place. But another decent performance by Cruz and another poor one by Jason Bere, who lost the first game, might allow Cruz to take another turn.

    ``I don't know about this, it's not my decision,'' said Cruz, who allowed three runs -- two earned -- and four hits in six innings. ``I'll continue doing my 100 percent.''

    Cruz, who pitched through a cramp in his biceps and blisters on his fingers, was just happy not to be saddled with another loss.

    ``Phew,'' Cruz said. ``It feels great to get a win.''

    The Cubs have dropped 10 of 12.

    In the second game, the Cubs trailed 3-1 in the sixth, and Cruz appeared to be on the way to another loss.

    But after going hitless in six at-bats, Sosa connected to center to put the Cubs ahead. The Wrigley Field crowd of 37,175 demanded a curtain call, and Sosa obliged.

    ``I'm just happy for Juan Cruz,'' Sosa said.

    Fogg, who came in 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA against the Cubs, said he put the ball in a bad spot.

    ``One too many bad pitches. A hanging slider not where I wanted it,'' Fogg said. ``I can't make those pitches to hitters like him.''

    Three relievers held on for the Cubs. Antonio Alfonseca got four outs for his sixth save, and first since May 4.

    After two Pirates reached to start the first, Giles lined an RBI single to right. Sosa misplayed the ball for an error, allowing a second run to score and Giles to advance to third.

    One out later, Craig Wilson hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

    Fogg (5-2) didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth when Fred McGriff led off with a deep fly that right fielder Adrian Brown lost in the dusk sky. The ball bounced high into the basket for a ground-rule double.

    ``It's a tough sky at that time of day,'' Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.

    An out moved McGriff to third, Bobby Hill hit an RBI grounder to shortstop and the crowd gave a mock cheer.

    In the first game, Kevin Young and Chad Hermansen also homered to back Anderson, who was 1-4 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

    Giles tripled, drove in four runs and scored three. The inside-the-park homer was the first of his career, and it also knocked Cubs left fielder Moises Alou out of the game when he hurt himself diving for the ball.

    ``The first game was out of control,'' Sosa said.

    Anderson (4-5) walked four and struck out two in seven innings. Lowe gave up a solo home run to McGriff in the ninth.

    Bere (1-7) lost his sixth straight start for Cubs.

    The Pirates led 6-0 in the seventh when they put two runners on against Ron Mahay.

    Giles hit a sinking liner about 300 feet down the left-field line, and Alou made an all-out, belly-flop try for the ball and missed. In the process, he banged his shoulder and hip on the padded wall near the Cubs bullpen.

    Alou lay motionless for a few seconds as Giles raced around the bases for a three-run homer. Alou eventually got up in a futile effort to pursue the ball, and walked off the field without help. Alou is questionable for Wednesday night's game.

    ``Every time I get him in the lineup, it's always one something, one dive or something that takes him out of the ballgame,'' Baylor said. ``We're going to look at it and see if he can play tomorrow.''

    Jason Kendall hit a two-run double, and Aramis Ramirez had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Pirates.

    Young hit his fourth homer in the fourth, and Hermansen hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

    Bere allowed six runs and six hits on five innings.

    Game notes

    During his losing streak, Bere has allowed 52 hits and 32 earned runs in 33 2-3 innings for an ERA of 8.55. ... It was the first inside-the-park homer for the Pirates since Brant Brown did it in 1999 against the Cardinals. ... Cubs shortstop Augie Ojeda made a diving and rolling grab of Ramirez's grounder in the sixth, and had enough time and balance to throw him out at first. ``It was a big play for us, a momentum switcher,'' Ojeda said. ``Sometimes a big defensive play will wake up a team a little bit and give you some hope. And that's what happened.'' ... It was Cruz's first win in 10 starts since last Sept. 26 at Pittsburgh. ... RHP Scott Chiasson was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Prior.

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