CHICAGO, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Sammy Sosa hit his 60th homer of the season--the third time he has reached the once-magical plateau--but rookie Adam Dunn's solo shot in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
With the loss, the Cubs were eliminated from National League wild card contention. But it was an historical night for the Chicago outfielder, who in the bottom of the first drove a 3-1 pitch from Lance Davis over the left-center field fence at Wrigley Field.
Sosa is the first player to reach 60 homers three times. The long ball was his 98th extra-base hit of the campaign, breaking the franchise record set by Hack Wilson in 1930. The superstar also is the first Cub since Wilson to score 140 runs in a single season.
Sosa hit 66 homers in 1998 and 63 in 1999. None of his 60-homer seasons have resulted in a league homer title.
With two outs in the ninth, Dunn smashed a 1-0 delivery from Kyle Farnsworth (4-6) over the right-center wall. Danny Graves pitched the ninth to record his 32nd save for the Reds, who have won three straight games.
Scott Sullivan (7-1) struck out four over two innings to earn the victory.