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LP: Kevin Jarvis (4-4) 3-1/3IP 9H 7ER 0BB 3K ERA: 5.04
Sammy Sosa connected for his second home run in as many days. His 26th homer came with one on and two outs in the third. Moises Alou followed with a solo shot to the opposite-field, his 17th of the season, putting the Cubs ahead 4-0.
The scoring for the Chicago Cubs started in the first inning when Kenny Lofton led off the game with a single, stole second, and was driven in by Alou.
With two outs in the Cubs fourth and Karros on second and Paul Bako on first, Kenny Lofton singled to right. Karros pulled up at third, then headed home when he saw that Phil Nevin was throwing to third instead of the plate.
Bako stopped some 20 feet short of third. Sean Burroughs ran him down and tagged him with his glove, but the ball was in his right hand and Bako was safe at third. Ramon Martinez then singled to score Bako and Lofton for a 7-0 lead and it marked the end of the night for Jarvis.
Jarvis pitched a scoreless second, but he got blasted hard in the third, giving up the consecutive home runs, and fourth innings, allowing three runs in each inning.
Joe Roa allowed a two run homer to Eric Karros in the fifth inning. The homer, hit to left-center, extended the Cubs lead to 9-0.
After five innings, four Cubs had multiple RBI's and only Alex Gonzalez and Carlos Zambrano were hitless among the Cubs starters. In total, six Cubs hitters had two hits or more.
The San Diego Padres finally got on the board in the sixth when Ryan Klesko knocked in Lou Merloni who walked to open the inning.
Dave Hansen added a solo shot in the eight off Dave Veres, his first home run of the year.
The Friars had chances to close the gap with 13 hits on the day, but Phil Nevin and Miguel Ojeda both left multiple runners in scoring position. Twice the Pads had the bases loaded with one out and failed to score.
It was the eighth time the Padres have been swept this year, and they struck out 32 times in the three games, including 13 on Thursday.
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