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Cub makes switch-hit history

©Associated Press
August 30, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- Mark Bellhorn expected to spend the afternoon watching Sammy Sosa return to Chicago's lineup and give the Cubs some pop.

Instead, with Sosa sidelined by a sore neck, Bellhorn provided two home runs, and history.

Bellhorn became the first National League player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning Thursday as the Cubs beat the Brewers 13-10.

"Sosa was going to play, but when he took some swings off the tee, there was no way he was going to go," Cubs manager Bruce Kimm said.

So, Angel Echevarria moved from first base to rightfield to make room for Bellhorn, who ignited a 10-run burst in the fourth with a two-run shot off left-hander Andrew Lorraine that traveled 410 feet to centerfield at Miller Park.

By the time he came up again with two outs, Lorraine had given way to right-hander Jose Cabrera. Batting from the left side, Bellhorn connected on a full-count fastball for a three-run, 380-foot drive that made it 9-0.

"Sometimes it's tough," Bellhorn said of switching stances in the middle of a game. "I've been facing a lot of left-handers lately. You get used to seeing the ball that way. Then you step in the box against a righty and you feel kind of weird. After that first swing, I'm fine."

Bellhorn's five RBIs in one inning tied a team record set by Billy Williams on May 1, 1964.

Bill Mueller followed Bellhorn's second homer with one of his own, giving the Cubs their biggest inning since Sept. 11, 1990, when they scored 10 in the second against Montreal.

Richie Sexson hit a grand slam for Milwaukee, highlighting a six-run ninth.

With the teams combining to bat around three times, the game lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes.

"It seemed like the game started at 10 this morning," Brewers reliever Ray King said. "I though it would never end. It was ugly."

The game featured 22 hits, four errors and 15 runners left on.

Matt Clement struck out 10 in seven innings, giving him 187 for the season, third in the league behind Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling.

GIANTS 10, ROCKIES 6 (8 1/2): Barry Bonds hit his 40th homer of the season and Jeff Kent went deep twice, powering visiting San Francisco.

After a 38-minute delay in the ninth because of a power outage and a subsequent thunderstorm, the game was called. A tornado warning also was posted.

Bonds hit his fifth homer in three games and Kent homered in his fourth straight game. They went back-to-back for the third straight game as the Giants won their fifth straight to move within two games of Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

PIRATES 4, BRAVES 1: Tom Glavine's wildness led to Pittsburgh's first two runs and the host Pirates, helped by Bronson Arroyo's effective start and Aramis Ramirez's homer, shut down Atlanta's offense again.

Ramirez doubled and scored in the first, then hit a two-run homer, his 12th, off reliever Tim Spooneybarger in the eighth to make it 4-1.

Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, held the Braves to an unearned run over five innings, allowing five hits and striking out six.

REDS 7, CARDINALS 0: Pitcher Jimmy Haynes singled twice, drove in three runs and pitched eight shutout innings for Cincinnati, playing its last game at Cinergy Field before today's strike deadline. The ballpark is scheduled to be torn down after the season.

Haynes won his first game since Aug. 3 and set a career high with 13 victories. He struck out a season-high seven.

ASTROS 5, PADRES 0: Orlando Merced hit a run-scoring double and made two outstanding throws from rightfield, and Lance Berkman hit his 37th homer to lead Houston.

Pete Munro and three relievers combined on a four-hitter. It was the Astros' ninth shutout of the season, all at Minute Maid Park.

PHILLIES 2, EXPOS 1: Brandon Duckworth pitched seven strong innings and Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer to lead host Philadelphia to its seventh win in its past eight games.

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