Cubs Weather Rain, Drown Sox

CHICAGO - The Cubs hit three homeruns and weathered four rain delays to finally top the Chicago White Sox Saturday, 4-2. Rey Ordonez and Moises Alou went deep off Sox starter Felix Diaz in the first inning to put the North siders on top 3-0 before the game's first rain delay totaled 31 minutes.

Diaz (1-2) settled down briefly and worked three straight scoreless innings before parting in favor of right-hander Jon Adkins in the fifth. Admidst the heavy rain, Sammy Sosa launched a 3-0 pitch from Adkins into the seats in right for his 14th homerun of the year to make it 4-0.

Home plate umpire and crew crief Charlie Relaford immediately ordered the tarp back onto the field and the two teams would wait out a third delay, this one totaling 58 minutes before play resumed.

Greg Maddux started and pitched 5.1 innings, setting down 15 of the first 18 hitters he faced. Maddux (7-6) gave up a first inning single to Aaron Rowand, but then did not allow a hit until Sandy Alomar Jr. singled to right with two away in the fifth. At one point the right-hander set down seven straight batters on groundball outs.

He ran into trouble in the sixth when Willie Harris opened the inning with a single to center and Rowand reached on a bunt single to third. Jose Valentin would add an RBI single to score Harris for the Sox first run of the game.

Right-hander Michael Wuertz came on and gave up a single to left by Paul Konerko, loading the bases with only one away for Timo Perez. Wuertz then got Perez to hit a deep fly to center, scoring Rowand to cut the lead to 4-2 before Sosa made a game-saving catch in right to rob Joe Crede of extra bases.

An hour and 17 minutes later, enough was finally enough as the Cubs were officially awarded the victory. Wuertz was awarded the save, his first of the year.

NOTES: The Cubs placed OF Todd Hollandsworth on the DL Saturday and recalled red-hot IF Brendan Harris from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs can sweep the Sox for the first time since 1998 with a victory in the series finale Sunday night. Left-handers Glendon Rusch and Mark Buehrle will start the cross-town season finale beginning at 7:05 CT.

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