LOS ANGELES (Ticker) --
made it 2-for-2 on his homecoming tour.
A native Californian who starred collegiately at USC, Prior tossed a five-hitter and made two home runs by
stand up as the
avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
"I had success all day," Prior said. "I felt better in the ninth than in the first."
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Dodgers, who were trying to sweep a six-game homestand.
Prior (10-5) walked one and struck out eight in his second complete game of the season and first career start at Dodger Stadium. In his previous outing, the 22-year-old righthander tossed six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win at San Diego.
In two starts since coming of the disabled list, Prior has allowed just one run and seven hits in 15 innings with 15 strikeouts.
"Prior pitched a great ballgame, better at the end than early on," Cubs manager
said. "Breaking ball and fastball were great. It was all Prior."
singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Baker let Prior stay in the game after visiting the mound. Prior responded to the vote of confidence by striking out
swinging for the final out.
"I thought he was coming out to tell me I was done," Prior said. "I told him how good I felt, he told me it was my game to lose."
Chicago remained 2 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the National League Central Division. The teams begin a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Sosa gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off
(11-6) in the top of the first and added a solo shot in the fourth.
It was the 61st career multi-homer game for Sosa, who went 8-for-22 with four homers and seven RBI on the Cubs' 4-2 road trip.
"Brown pitched great, other than two pitches," Sosa said. "I had two good swings. I just try to do what I can. Sooner or later, we are going to produce."
"Made two mistakes, Sammy took advantage of it," Brown said. "Bad pitches, wrong guy, location mistakes."
The Dodgers got their only run on
' RBI single in the third.
"Obviously, today's game lived up to its billing," Los Angeles manager
said. "Not much to say about the hitting standpoint because of the other guy. He has been doing it all year."
Prior and Brown are scheduled to face each other again on Friday, when the Cubs host the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series.
"It was nice to be at home, now go back and do it again on Friday," Prior said. "Maybe me and Kevin again."
reached on an infield single to open the game and scored one out later when Sosa drilled a 461-foot shot into the right field pavilion.
"In this ballpark, the travel of the first one was unbelievable," Prior said. "It was a cushion I needed, a big lift. Sammy put us on his shoulders and we rode him."
After Roberts' single in the third, the Dodgers had only one runner reach second base in the final six innings. Green led off the seventh with a double, but the Dodgers could not advance him.