Originally created 09/13/98

Sosa slams 60th homer



CHICAGO -- The home run race is still on.

Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season Saturday, connecting off Milwaukee's Valerio De Los Santos in the seventh inning.

Sosa now trails Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals by two homers with 13 games to play. Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 and Babe Ruth 60 in 1927.

Sosa drove a 3-2 pitch from De Los Santo completely out of Wrigley Field, a long shot to left that cleared the back fence and ended up on the front steps of a house.

The crowd at Wrigley went wild, called for a curtain call and Sosa obliged.

The three-run homer brought the Cubs within 12-8. Chicago came back to beat the Brewers 15-12.

It was also Sosa's eighth homer off Brewers' pitching this season, his most against any club. He's also connected for eight homers off Phillies pitchers.

Sosa, who hit 36 homers last season, also broke Hack Wilson's club record for most homers in a two-year period. He now has 96. Wilson hit 95 in 1929 (39) and 1930 (56).

Sosa's 33 homers at Wrigley also tie Wilson's mark set in 1930.

McGwire, in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros, had no hits in three at bats Saturday.