10/14/2003 11:06 PM ET
NLCS Game 6: Score Tracker
BOT 1st: CHI 1, FLA 0: After being kept off the scoreboard in the first inning of Game 5 for the first time in the series, the Cubs resumed their trend of a grabbing a first-inning lead. Kenny Lofton, who was kept off bases for the first time in the series in Game 5, began the game with a single against Marlins' starter Carl Pavano. Mark Grudzielanek moved Lofton up to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Sammy Sosa laced a double down the right-field line and gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
BOT 6th: CHI 2, FLA 0: The Cubs tacked on an insurance run and in the process doubled their lead. The Cubs, who hadn't gotten a hit against Pavano since Lofton's single to start the game, began the inning with singles by Sosa and Moises Alou to put runners at first and second. Aramis Ramirez grounded into a double play that forced out Alou at second and put Sosa at third with two outs. Marlins manager Jack McKeon decided to have Dontrelle Willis, who started Game 4, come in and face pinch-hitter Eric Karros. Willis walked Karros and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Sosa to score from third base.
BOT 7th: CHI 3, FLA 0: Paul Bako began the inning with single to center field against Willis and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Prior. After Willis struck out Lofton, right-hander Chad Fox came in and gave up an RBI single to Grudzielanek.
TOP 8th: FLA 8, CHI 3: Down to their last five outs, Juan Pierre doubled to left field against Cubs starter Mark Prior. Luis Castillo walked, and Pierre moved up to third base on a wild pitch by Prior. Ivan Rodriguez got the Marlins on the scoreboard with an RBI single to left field, and Castillo stopped at second. Miguel Cabrera hit a potential double-play grounder to Alex Gonzalez, who had the ball drop out of his glove and was unable to make an out. The error loaded the bases for the Marlins. Derrek Lee hit a double to left field that tied the game and knocked out Prior.
Right-hander Kyle Farnsworth came in and, with first base open, intentionally walked Mike Lowell. Jeff Conine gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Cabrera, and Lee and Lowell each moved up one base on Sosa's throw to home. Farnsworth intentionally walked Todd Hollandsworth to load up the bases again, and Mike Mordecai cleared them with a double to left-center that made it 7-3. Left-hander Mike Remlinger came in to face Pierre, who rapped an RBI single that scored Mordecai and made it 8-3. The eight-run inning gave the Marlins an impressive victory against the Cubs' ace starter and sent the NLCS to a seventh game.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.