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CHICAGO CUBS 4, MILWAUKEE 2 (17 INNINGS)
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Corey Patterson belted a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the 17th inning as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers , 4-2, to complete a sweep of the four-game series.

Patterson's homer came off Brooks Kieschnick (0-1), a former infielder who was trying for his first win since being converted to a pitcher.

"We are happy that we swept the Brewers," Patterson said. "They play us pretty tough."

The Cubs got another spectacular outing from Kerry Wood , who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts, which matched a season high.

Chicago posted its first four-game sweep on the road since August 2-5, 1991 against the New York Mets and improved to 5-0 in extra innings this season.

"It would have been a heartbreaker to win the first three and then lose one in 17 innings," Wood said. "That's a big win for us today. We can take that momentum and hopefully play some good baseball. It took us 17 innings but we found a way."

There is some concern in Chicago that Cubs manager Dusty Baker has been overworking his pitchers, but the hard-throwing Wood showed no ill effects from his last start when he threw 141 pitches

However, the righthander continues to be a victim of poor run support. He surrendered just one run and four hits in seven innings in his last appearance, a 3-2, 10-inning win over St. Louis.

"Kerry's start was aweswome," Baker said. "We didn't want to take him too deep after his last start."

Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets , who scattered four hits in eight innings, matched zeros with Wood until Eric Karros belted a solo homer in the seventh.

"Ben has been throwing the ball real well for us," Brewers shortstop Royce Clayton said. "He started off kind of rough but lately he's given us quality innings."

After throwing 121 pitches, Wood was lifted after seven innings and Antonio Alfonseca gave back the lead in the eighth, surrendering a two-out solo shot to Scott Podsednik .

Patterson also delivered an RBI single in the top of the 10th, but the Brewers tied it in the bottom half on pinch hitter Brady Clark 's RBI single.

Kieschnick retired the first two hitters in the 17th before Damian Miller singled. Patterson drilled a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right-center field, giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead.

"Usually in a game like that, everybody is trying to go deep," Kieschnick said. "If you make a mistake, there's a pretty good chance they are going to hit it out."

Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for Chicago, which matched a season high with its fifth straight victory.

Todd Wellemeyer , who was making his major league debut, struck out the side in the bottom of the 17th for the save.

"You look at their staff over there and they've got guy after guy after guy coming in and throwing 96 to 101 miles per hour," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I mean, it doesn't matter who they bring in."

The Brewers, who have lost five straight, set a National League record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game with 24. Richie Sexson struck out five times and Wes Helms was fanned four times.

"It's two ballgames," Clayton said. "There's not too many games that go 18 innings or whatever it was. We faced quality pitching but as a unit we have to put the ball in play more."

Both teams had chances to win throughout the extra innings. After tying the game in the 10th, Clark took second on the throw home, but left fielder Moises Alou sent the contest to the 11th by making a sliding catch on Podsednik's sinking line drive.

The Brewers stranded runners on third in the 12th and 13th. In the top of the 14th, Miller made a bid for a go-ahead single but Clayton robbed him with a leaping grab.

Brewers left field Geoff Jenkins turned in the game's best defensive play in the 15th, taking a home run away from Alex Gonzalez .

"It was a great game," Yost added. "I think everyone got their money's worth that showed up today. It was great defense, great pitching, great plays."

The Cubs and Brewers each played their longest games of the season, However, it was not the longest game in the majors this year as the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins played a 20-inning contest on April 27.


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