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LP: Adam Eaton (6-8) 7IP 6H 3ER 1BB 8K ERA: 4.14
Adam Eaton was cruising along through three, having allowed just one hit. Ramon Martinez then opened the fourth inning with a single and was followed by Sammy Sosa. Sosa took a 1-2 pitch and slammed a shot 448-feet into the center field, his 25th homer of the season, to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-0 lead over the San Diego Padres.
In the fifth, another leadoff hit came back to haunt Eaton. Alex Gonzalez led off the inning with a double to left field. After Eaton struck out Damion Miller and Kerry Wood, Kenny Lofton punched a single into right center scoring Gonzalez and giving the Cubbies a 3-0 lead.
The Padres finally got on the board in the series in the sixth inning. Mark Loretta worked out a walk after being in an 0-2 count to lead off the inning. After Phil Nevin flied out, Ryan Klesko walked. Wood had Klesko on his heels with another 0-2 count, but let him get away and it would cost him. On a 3-0 count, Rondell White singled to left bringing in Loretta and the first run in 15 innings of the series.
Loretta led off the eighth inning with a home run to left-center, his eight of the season while facing a full count. The blast closed the lead to 3-2.
Nevin was then ejected for slamming his helmet to the ground and tossing his batting gloves into the air as he walked towards the dugout after a strike out. On an 0-1 pitch, plate umpire Larry Vanover called a strike on a checked-swing. Gary Darling, working first base, signaled ‘no swing' on the play when he thought Vanover had asked for help. Turns out he didn't and Nevin whiffed on the next pitch.
Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.
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