HOUSTON (AP) -- Sammy Sosa hit his 521st career home run, tying
Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 12th place on the career list,
as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-3 Sunday.
Sosa, who had been 0-for-7 in the series, homered to left in the
first inning, his 22nd of the season and 12th in July. He trails
Jimmie Foxx by 13 homers for 11th place on the career list.Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek also had solo homers, and
Kenny Lofton went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. The
Cubs won the season series 5-4 and pulled within 4½ games of the
first-place Astros in the NL Central.Shawn Estes (7-8) allowed two runs and four hits in five
innings, striking out six. He had been 0-3 in seven starts since
defeating Baltimore on June 10.Chicago stopped the nine-game winning streak of Jeriome
Robertson (10-4), an Astros rookie record. Robertson, who hadn't
lost in 16 starts since Montreal chased him after three innings on
April 25, lasted just 28 pitches and allowed three runs and six
hits in 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of his major
league career.Kyle Farnsworth, Mark Guthrie and Joe Borowski combined for
three innings of hitless relief, with Borowski completing the
six-hitter for his 19th save in 22 chances.After Sosa's homer, Chicago built a 3-0 lead in the second on
Karros' homer and Lofton's RBI triple. Grudzielanek homered in the
fifth off Ricky Stone, just his third this season.Lofton scored in the fifth on a wild pitch by Brad Lidge. In the
first, Lofton stole second, then tried to score on a pickoff
attempt. Second baseman Jeff Kent retrieved the ball and threw out
Lofton at home.Jeff Bagwell hit a two-run homer in the third, and Richard
Hidalgo homered in the sixth off Dave Veres.
Karros' homer gave him 1,000 RBI. ... Biggio went 0-for-5.
He had reached base in his 30 previous games.