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D'Backs Win, Sosa Hits #43


Matt Williams reached 100 RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks reached new heights.

Williams hit a tiebreaking single to key a six-run eighth inning and the Diamondbacks overcame Sammy Sosa's 43rd home run to beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 Monday night.

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  • Williams also had a two-run single as the Diamondbacks improved to 15 games over .500 (64-49) for the first time ever. Arizona has won 15 of 19 while the Cubs have lost nine of 12.

    The three RBIs gave Williams 100 for the fourth time in his career. He ranks second in the majors to Mark McGwire's 102 RBIs.

    "Matt is so consistent, he's had so many opportunities with runners in scoring position and two out and he's come through," teammate Jay Bell said. "You hear stuff about the MVP and (games like Monday) have to be weighed into that. We wouldn't be in the position we are without him."

    Said Arizona manager Buck Showalter: "Matt's been as steady as you can be. He's a special man. I'm biased, but it's been a pleasure watching him play every day."

    Sosa pulled within one of McGwire, who also leads the majors in homers. Sosa had been in a 1-for-22 slump since last connecting on Aug. 4.

    Chicago's Mark Grace said the team's current slump is more humiliating than the 0-14 start in 1997.

    "This is worse," Grace said. "We weren't a very good team (in 1997). This team has a lot of talent."

    "Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong," said Cubs manager Jim Riggleman, who talked to the team after the loss. "We've got seven weeks left to show we've got some pride."

    Omar Daal (11-6) won for the eighth time in his last 10 decisions, giving up two runs and four hits in seven innings.

    With the score tied in the eighth, Jay Bell and Luis Gonzalez each singled off Scott Sanders (4-6). Williams then singled for a 3-2 lead.

    After Sanders walked Erubiel Durazo to load the bases, reliever Felix Heredia retired Steve Finley on a popup. Bernard Gilkey hit a grounder to third baseman Jeff Blauser, who threw the ball into the outfield for an error, allowing two runs to score.

    "By the time Blauser got the ball, it was wet," said Riggleman, partially blaming a steady drizzle for the miscue. "It was sinking and tough to handle."

    Kelly Stinnett added an RBI double and Andy Fox hit a two-run single.

    Benito Santiago hit a three-run homer in the Cubs ninth.

    Williams had a two-run single in the third off Steve Trachsel. Henry Rodriguez and Jose Nieves hit consecutive doubles in the Cubs second, and Grace doubled home the tying run in the third.

    Notes

  • Grace's double was the 400th of his career. The Cubs' career leader in doubles is Cap Anson, who hit 528 from 1876-1897.
  • Rodriguez has an 11-game hitting streak.
  • Arizona OF Tony Womack was a late scratch because of an infection in a cut in his right knee that spread up his leg. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and expected to stay through Wednesday for treatment.
  • Cubs starter Kevin Tapani will miss at least one turn in the rotation because of back pain. Tapani received a cortisone shot Monday to relieve the stiffness, Riggleman said.

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