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CHICAGO CUBS 1, PHILADELPHIA 0
 

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- On a night when the Philadelphia Phillies ' bats were asleep, Sammy Sosa 's woke up.

Sosa belted a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs snapped Philadelphia's seven-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory.

Sosa had just four homers since May 1 but belted Turk Wendell 's first pitch of the ninth over the wall in right-center field for his 11th of the season and the 31st of his career against the Phillies.

"The first three at-bats, the guy ( Brandon Duckworth ) pitched me very good, no question about it," said Sosa, who struck out three times before the home run. "The last at-bat, it was pretty much the same pitch, but it was a little high. I said to myself, 'Never give up.' I knew I had one more chance."

"It was just a mediocre, get-me-over slider," Wendell explained. "Probably looking back on it, of course, I should have thrown something else. I threw it a few times the inning before and it worked. You live by it, you die by it."

The blast made a winner of Kyle Farnsworth (3-0), who relieved Mark Guthrie with two outs in the eighth and was on the mound when Bobby Abreu was caught stealing to end the inning.

Joe Borowski struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

"It was great for us to win a game like that," said Cubs manager Dusty Baker , whose team had lost six of its previous seven games. "Whenever a team's not winning, anytime a pitcher can go out there and give you a performance (Matt) Clement gave us tonight, that's a tremendous boost."

Clement was brilliant, allowing just a single by David Bell over seven innings. The righthander, who also doubled, issued a season-high six walks and struck out five.

"I felt for the first time all year I'm finally getting to where I want to be," Clement said. "My slider was pretty good tonight and I was just going at the hitters. That's a good lineup. There's no break the whole way through that lineup."

It was the first one-hitter by the Cubs since Kerry Wood pitched one against Milwaukee on May 25, 2001. Willie Banks and Randy Myers combined to toss a one-hitter vs. the Phillies on May 30, 1994.

Milt Pappas tossed Chicago's last no-hitter, defeating San Diego, 8-0, on September 2, 1972.

Wendell (1-2) yielded only the second run by a Philadelphia reliever in the last nine games. In two innings, he struck out two and allowed two hits, including his first homer of the season.

"You can't let a guy like (Sosa) beat you," Wendell said. "To me, that makes it even worse because I did let their best player beat me, their best slugger, you might want to say. And that's unacceptable."

Duckworth came through with his best effort of the season, holding the Cubs to three hits in six innings. After leaving Friday's contest against Baltimore with a contusion on his right forearm, he walked two and struck out six.

"We were gonna take him out in the fifth, but he had an easy inning," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "He's thrown one inning in 22 days. We pushed it a little bit. That was a great outing."

The Phils, who fell just shy of their first eight-game winning streak since 1991, dropped to 0-28 when trailing after eight innings.

Corey Patterson was the only player for either team to reach second base through five innings, drawing a two-out walk in the top of the first and stealing second before being stranded.

Clement, who held Philadelphia hitless through four frames, led off the sixth with a double to right-center, but Duckworth worked around a walk to escape unscathed.

Philadelphia put two runners on without a hit in both the sixth and seventh innings before Clement worked out of trouble.


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