In their previous appearances at the "Friendly Confines," the Yankees won two games in the 1932 and 1938 World Series - both sweeps.
, who staked the Yankees to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run, came away impressed following his first appearance at Wrigley Field.
"It's awesome, it's beautiful," he said. "The fans are on top of you and it's a fun atmosphere, the grass, the ivy on the walls."
(8-2) tossed 7 2/3 strong innings, allowing three runs and seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts to take over the Yankees' team lead in wins. He also recorded his first career double in the fourth inning.
"It's great to get the early run support, so then you just go out there and bear down," Wells said. "That was my intention, to just get zeros. I gave up three (runs), but our bullpen came in and was outstanding."
Wells also was asked about his hit, a drive that carried over the head of left fielder
"The umpire asked me if I wanted it (the ball)," Wells said. "I said, 'No', because I have had a hit before."
was in the lineup after appealing his eight-game suspension for using a corked bat and only managed a single in four at-bats. He struck out twice and flied to the warning track in right field in the sixth inning.
"That was a great game," said Sosa, who refused to discuss his suspension before or after the contest. "We made a few mistakes and paid for it."
(5-5) took the loss, yielding five runs and nine hits in six innings.
"They are a very good team and the key was the first three innings, when I really didn't pitch," Zambrano said. "I was just throwing the ball to the plate."
Following an 86-minute rain relay at the start, the Yankees jumped on Zambrano early as
walked and scored on Giambi's homer into the left field bleachers.
Giambi is showing signs of coming out of his season-long slump, having hit five homers in the last eight games and raising his average to .230.
"I didn't know (if it was out)," he said. "But the way the wind was blowing in BP, I thought it had a chance, so I just looked up coming around first and saw it was out."
The Yankees tacked on three runs in the third to build a 5-0 lead. Giambi had a sacrifice fly and
a two-run single.
But the Cubs battled back, closing to within 5-3.
had a two-run homer in the third inning and
a solo shot in the eighth. Before the homer to Patterson, Wells had retired 14 of 15 batters.
"He (Wells) didn't mess around," Yankees manager
said. "He throws strikes. To me, he's a throwback, like
. He could get up in the middle of winter and throw strikes at 90 miles per hour."
Although he gave up the two homers, Wells was in control throughout, throwing 67 of his 88 for strikes.
"That was classic Wells right there," Cubs manager
said. "He can pitch. I thought Zambrano battled him, though."
Chicago made it interesting in the ninth as Rivera gave up singles to Alou and
. But the Yankees closer struck out Choi on three pitches to leave runners at second and third and record his fifth save.