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

4/15/2003

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

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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