Against Mets, Sosa a Smashing Success

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Byline: Bruce Miles Daily Herald Sports Writer

Sammy Sosa is breaking out of his slump - literally. In fact, he's turned into a real pain in the glass for the New York Mets.

After ending last Friday's game with a home run, Sosa led off the ninth inning Sunday and put a pitch from the Mets' Jerry DiPoto through a window of a building on Waveland Ave.

Sosa's second game-winning blast in three days and third this season gave the Cubs a 5-4 victory and a 4-1 record on the just-concluded homestand. They also took over sole possession of first place in the NL Central at 16-15.

"I didn't look to hit it that hard. I just wanted to make contact," said Sosa, whose batting average crept up to .238. "Everybody knows I have power. I've been struggling, but like I told you guys, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

"I have my family in town. I'm so excited we came back and won the game. When I'm ready, I can do anything in the game."

Sosa did just about everything Sunday.

His first-inning homer put the Cubs up 2-1. He later got a big basehit to right field that set up a run, and he added a couple of key assists from right field.

But his monster shot in the ninth had even stoic Cubs manager Jim Riggleman marveling.

"I don't care if they scrape the back of the wall, they count the same amount," Riggleman said. "But when someone hits one like that, I find myself trying to see where that one goes. Sammy's hit a few like that where you pop your head out of there to see where it goes because it might be one people talk about for a long time."

More impressive to Riggleman was Sosa's piece of hitting in the fourth, when he singled to right, advancing Mark Grace to third. …