10/08/2003 12:32 AM ET
NLCS Game 1: Score Tracker
BOT 1st: CHI 4, FLA 0: The Cubs grabbed the early -- and biggest -- lead of the game with a four-run first against Marlins starter Josh Beckett that included four extra-base hits. Kenny Lofton led off with a walk and scored on Mark Grudzielanek's triple that was aided by center fielder Juan Pierre slipping on the grass. After Sammy Sosa popped out, Moises Alou ensured the Cubs had a big inning with a two-run homer to left. Aramis Ramirez tripled, and one out later, scored on a double by Alex Gonzalez for the inning's fourth and final run.
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
TOP 3rd: FLA 5, CHI 4: Florida scored five runs for the game's biggest inning and tied a LCS record with three homers aganst Carlos Zambrano, who had allowed just nine during the regular season. After Pierre hit a one-out triple and Luis Castillo walked, Ivan Rodriguez crunched a three-run homer to left off Carlos Zambrano to make it a one-run game at 4-3. Miguel Cabrera tied it with a solo homer and the next batter, Juan Encarnacion, homered to give the Marlins their first lead. While the game would later be tied, the Marlins would never trail the rest of the game.
TOP 6th: FLA 6, CHI 4: In a game that featured 17 extra-base hits, the Marlins doubled their one-run lead with a sacrifice fly but missed a chance for a big inning. Cabrera and Encarnacion began the inning with back-to-back singles against Zambrano and moved up one base on a passed ball by Paul Bako. Jeff Conine's sac fly to center field scored Cabrera, but Zambrano escaped the inning with no more damage.
BOT 6th: FLA 6, CHI 6: The Cubs, who had just one hit -- a fifth-inning single -- since their four-run outburst in the first against Beckett, tied it up with a two-run homer. Randall Simon doubled with two outs, and Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to right field against Beckett to make it 6-6 and restore the crowd roar at Wrigley Field.
TOP 9th: FLA 8, CHI 6: The Marlins regained the lead for the second time. Facing right-hander Joe Borowski, pinch-hitter Todd Hollandworth doubled with one out, and Pierre walked. The Marlins caught a break when Castillo hit a ball to Grudzielanek at second, but Grudzielanek failed to tag Pierre and his throw to first was too late to get Castillo. Rodgriguez came up with the bases loaded and delivered another clutch hit for the Marlins, knocking a two-run single to right field. Rodriguez finished the game with five RBIs.
BOT 9th: FLA 8, CHI 8: Lofton got the Cubs' biggest rally of the postseason started with a one-out double down the right-field line against Ugueth Urbina. Grudzielanek grounded out to third, bringing up Sosa as the Cubs' final hope. Sosa, who was 0-for-4 and had stranded two runners in scoring position, responded with the first postseason homer of his career -- a two-run shot to left field against Urbina that sent the game to extra innings.
TOP 11th: FLA 9, CHI 8: Mike Lowell, who has had few at-bats since returning from a broken hand and just one start in the postseason, led off the 11th inning as a pinch-hitter for Urbina and homered to straightaway center field against left-hander Mark Guthrie. It was the seventh homer of the game and gave the Marlins a thrilling victory in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.