Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/19)

Game 1: Friday, September 19
Chi Cubs10Final
Game 2: Friday, September 19
Chi Cubs6Final
Game 3: Saturday, September 20
Chi Cubs2Final
Game 4: Sunday, September 21
Chi Cubs4Final

Cubs 6

(83-71, 41-35 away)

Pirates 10

(72-82, 38-41 home)

    8:35 PM ET, September 19, 2003

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

    123456789 R H E
    CHC 100110120 6 11 0
    PIT 10104121 - 10 15 0

    W: S. Torres (6-5)

    L: J. Cruz (2-6)


    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 hits.

    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 hit.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press