With Sosa beginning his seven-game suspension for using a corked bat, the Cubs scored the game's first six runs and held a 7-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
But the Orioles rallied for four runs against four Chicago relievers and had the tying run at third base when
in a driving rainstorm to end the inning.
"We had something going in the eighth," Orioles manager
said. "We fought back and made a game of it."
After a 1 hour, 44 minute delay, the Cubs went down in order and Borowski returned and worked around a hit to notch his 12th save.
"He said he felt fine after the delay, so we let him out there," Cubs manager
said. "He was strong tonight."
"I told Dusty I would warm up and let him know (if I could continue)," Borowski said. "Well, I felt better than I did before the delay. I felt fantastic. I don't know why. I'm not going to question it."
(4-6) earned his 50th career win, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings. The righthander walked two and struck out six.
"We've learned how to win close games," Clement said. "This team has pulled together, especially with Sammy not here. It's a good start to this (10-game) road trip. ... I never expected to get 50 wins in the majors, but I'll take it."
Alou, who had an RBI double in the fourth inning, smacked a run-scoring single in the fifth for the 1,500th hit of his career. Miller ripped a two-run double in the fourth to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
"I got behind batters in the count that inning," Baltimore starter
said. "I was a little wild, then threw pitches in the middle of the plate. It was frustrating. I had been doing OK up until then. I just got out of control."
Daal (4-7) fell to 3-3 lifetime against Chicago. The lefthander surrendered five runs - four earned - and five hits in five innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the sixth inning.
Already ahead after four innings, the Cubs tacked on two runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by
and Alou's single. Miller, who led off the sixth with a single before advancing to third on a groundout and a wild pitch, scored when Baltimore third baseman
's grounder to make it 6-0.
got the Orioles on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning, but
plated Kelton with a single in the eighth to give Chicago a 7-2 cushion.
"It was a lot of fun out there," said Kelton, who collected his first major league hit in the fourth inning. "I did a little bit of everything tonight. All I wanted was a chance and I got it."