It was the 502nd career homer and second in as many days for Sosa, leaving him two shy of
for 17th place on the all-time list.
Hee Seop Choi
added solo homers for the Cubs, who reached double figures for the second straight game. They routed the Reds, 11-1, on Tuesday.
"A lot of people wondered if we have enough offense," said Alou, who hit his first homer of the season. "Yeah, we have enough. We have a good bench and veteran guys who know their role."
Each team left 14 runners on base in a game that included 18 walks, two passes balls and four wild pitches. Five Cincinnati pitchers combined for 11 walks. Choi walked four straight times after homering in the first, while Cincinnati's
also drew four free passes.
"It wasn't a pretty game at all," Cubs manager
said. "But I felt more comfortable because the wind was blowing in instead of out. But we got runners on out there and it was a big blow by Sammy."
(2-1) got the win, allowing two unearned runs and and five hits in six innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. The Reds got their runs off the 21-year-old righthander on a pair of passed balls by Miller, one in the third inning and one in the fourth.
Zambrano, the Cubs' fifth starter, has allowed just three earned runs in 18 1/3 innings in three starts, an ERA of 1.47.
"I don't know, I guess it's Zambrano," Kearns said. "His ball moves all over the place, so you want to make him work. But it was a day where nothing was flowing. It was a long game."
Chicago wasted no time jumping on
(0-1), taking a 4-0 lead in the first on the homers by Sosa and Choi. Wilson gave up three homers, allowing six runs - five earned - in just 3 2/3 innings.
"The weather change had nothing to do with it," said Wilson, referring to the 40-degree temperatures. "I was up in the zone all day and couldn't make the adjustment. You can't pitch up in the zone in the big leagues."
opened the bottom of the first by reaching on shortstop
's fielding error.
followed with a single before Sosa belted a 2-2 pitch into the center field bleachers. After Alou struck out, Choi homered into the right field seats to make it 4-0.
"It was a strange game, but a win is a win," said Miller, who has three homers on the Cubs' 10-game homestand that concludes Thursday. "But we put some good wood on some balls and fortunately, they went out."
Miller made amends for his passed ball by homering in the fourth. The Cubs got another run in the inning when Choi walked with the bases loaded before Grudzielanek delivered an RBI single in the fifth.
"Struggling is a word to use," Reds manager
said. "It's almost embarrassing, the way we are playing. We are struggling as a team and we have to do something to turn it around. It's no fun going out there and getting pounded."
The Cubs broke it open on Alou's homer in the seventh that extended their lead to 10-2.
"The first homer is nice to get out of the way, but I should have had three," he said. "The wind was keeping them in the park."