Olivo hit his first career grand slam in a six-run first inning as the
built a big early lead and coasted to a 12-3 victory over the
at Wrigley Field.
had three hits and three RBI for the
, who own a 17-14 edge over the Cubs and posted the most lopsided win since the interleague series began in 1997.
It was a long afternoon for Chicago starter
, whose introduction to the rivalry was a rude one. Estes (6-5) struggled with his control, walking four batters, and was gone after allowing all six runs in the first.
"It's hard for me to explain what happens to a pitcher when you don't have your breaking ball, but that was the case today," Estes said. "I was totally lost out there and susceptible to watch them do whatever they wanted to with my fastball when I fell behind in the count. It was really a nightmare for me."
Cubs fans had little to cheer about after welcoming back
to Wrigley Field for the first time since completing a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat.
The Wrigley fans cringed when Sosa lost a fly ball hit by
in the fourth. That opened the door for a four-run inning that increased the
's lead to 12-1.
Sosa was 0-for-4 and struck out twice.
(5-6), a first-round draft pick of the Cubs in 1998, was the beneficiary of the outburst. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits, including a solo homer to
in the first.
"My part was easy. The guys went out there and got me six runs in the first," Garland said. "That was a big benefit for me. No. 1 they take the crowd out of the game. No. 2 they gave me a big cushion. It's nice to see the guys hit."
Estes was in immediate trouble in the first, issuing one-out walks to
before Ordonez delivered an RBI single to left-center field. Estes was able to retire
on a pop fly, but walked
and Rowand to drive in another run.
Olivo followed by hitting his fifth homer of the season to left field on a full-count pitch.
"In that situation, I'm thinking fastball all the way," Olivo said. "The guy had control problems to that point and I know he can't throw me another breaking ball on 3-2. I was looking to make good contact. The home run was a bonus."
hoped Estes could limit the damage, but had no explanation as to why the lefthander struggled.
"If Shawn doesn't know what happened, then neither do I," Baker said. "It's one of those days where he didn't have it."
The game was played before a capacity crowd of 39,080, about 30 percent of whom were rooting for the
"Anytime you can beat your archrival in his park, it's a big deal," Rowand said. "The fans were rabid as always. Most of them telling you, 'you stink,' but there were
fans who were behind you."
took over in the second and allowed a run-scoring single to Lee. Center fielder
misplayed the single, allowing a second run to score and make it 8-1.
Wellemeyer walked five batters in four innings and the Cubs issued 10 walks overall.
Thomas walked with one out before Sosa misplayed the fly ball by Ordonez to put runners on second and third. Lee and Crede followed with RBI singles and Rowand capped the inning with a two-run double. The Cubs added runs on an RBI double by Troy O'Leary in the sixth and a run-scoring single by
in the seventh.
Dave Sanders followed Garland and tossed 1 2/3 innings and
recorded the final four outs to complete the win.
was used as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and struck out.