Get Out The Brooms: Cubs Sweep Sox

CHICAGO - Derrek Lee homered and Todd Walker drew a game-winning bases-loaded walk off Damaso Marte to give the Chicago Cubs their first series sweep of the cross-town rival White Sox since 1998 Sunday by a final score of 2-1.

After Carlos Lee hit a game-tying homerun in the top of the ninth off Cubs closer LaTroy Hawkins (2-1), Moises Alou singled and scored the winning run when Marte lost Walker after getting ahead in the count 0-2.

Earlier in the inning, Michael Barrett received an intentional walk from right-hander Shingo Takatsu before Ramon Martinez drew a walk to load the bases for the pinch-hitting Walker.

Starters Glendon Rusch and Mark Buehrle were both outstanding. Rusch tossed eight scoreless innings, surrendering just five hits while striking out six. Buehrle was almost as impressive, going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight. He gave up a solo shot to the Cubs' Lee in the bottom of the second for the team's only run until the ninth.

Takatsu (4-1) suffered the loss - his first of the year - before a sellout crowd of 38,596.

Rusch and Buehrle each set down eight in a row at one point. Both Lee's accounted for three of their team's six hits on the night.

Cubs pitching held the top ranked Sox offense to just five runs in the three-game series, outscoring the South siders 12-5.

NOTES: Sammy Sosa, Moises Alou and Carlos Zambrano were each named to the 2004 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park today. Sosa won the fan vote with over 2,000,000 cast in his favor. Alou and Zambrano were each voted in by players. The Cubs head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for the first time in 2004 beginning tomorrow at 1:05 CT. The Cubs have won eight straight at Miller Park dating back to June of '02.

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