Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It"s an Inside Job as Cubs Beat Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It"s an Inside Job as Cubs Beat Pirates

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Chicago's Sammy Sosa and Pittsburgh's Tony Womack hit inside-the-park homers five minutes apart in the sixth inning Monday, but the Pirates again struggled to score at home, losing 2-1 to the Cubs.

It was the first time two inside-the-park homers have been hit in the same NL game since Lou Brock and Hector Cruz of the Cardinals each did it against San Diego on June 18, 1976. Greg Gagne of the Twins had two for Minnesota on Oct. 4, 1986, against the White Sox.

Kevin Foster, Mel Rojas and Terry Adams combined on a three-hitter to shut down the Pirates, who have scored more than three runs only twice while losing seven of their past 10 at home. Sosa doubled and scored the Cubs' first run in the fourth on Shawon Dunston's sacrifice fly before lifting a long fly ball to right center with one out in the sixth. Pirates rookie outfielders Adrian Brown and Jose Guillen collided while chasing down the ball, and Sosa was heading into third by the time Guillen ran down the ball. …

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