CHICAGO (Ticker) -- After seeing
ejected for breaking one of baseball's most sacred rules, his teammates pulled it together just in time to win a ballgame.
After Sosa was found guilty of corking his bat, the
took advantage of a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth and edged the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Sosa was ejected in the first inning when his run-scoring broken-bat grounder to second resulted in an inspection of the wood by plate umpire Tim McClelland.
Upon review it was determined that cork was inside and Sosa was ejected and the run taken off the board.
"I just took the wrong bat and went up there, and it happened," Sosa said. "I use that bat for batting practice. It's a mistake. I know that. I feel sorry. I just want to apologize to everybody. I'm sorry and I hope you believe me."
"When Sammy's bat broke, (Tampa Bay catcher
) showed me the broken part of it," said McClelland, who also was involved in the ejection of Hall of Famer
for using an illegal bat in 1983. "After I examined it, I brought all the other umpires over. There was definitely some cork in the middle of his bat."
"(The Sosa incident) gave us a big lift," Crawford said. "We got a few runs off a good pitcher, it kept us going for a few innings."
got little else against Prior, who pitched eight innings. The righthander allowed eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Prior did not get much support from his offense, which went just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
"I thought that I lost concentration," Prior said. "I let them get ahead of us. I still have a lot to learn."
After the Cubs evened the score, 2-2, in the eighth inning on a forceout by pinch hitter
. Troy O'Leary, who replaced Sosa, led off the ninth with a single and took second on a single by
Hee Seop Choi
got down a bunt,
(2-2) uncorked a wild pitch that scored O'Leary.
"I could tell that Levine was having trouble with his control," said
, who was at the plate when the winning run scored. "(I) decided I was going to take a few pitches. Sure enough, he threw a wild pitch to end the game."
Tampa Bay starter
, a former Cub, did not allow a run until the sixth inning when Choi and Martinez had back-to-back doubles. In six innings, Gonzalez allowed one run and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
(4-0) picked up the win after working into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth.