MILWAUKEE, May 19 (UPI) -- Corey Patterson's sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning Sunday enabled the Chicago Cubs to end their season-high nine-game losing streak with a 5-4 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bobby Hill drew a leadoff walk in the 11th off reliever Valerio de los Santos (0-1), who was making his season debut, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Augie Ojeda. After Joe Girardi was intentionally walked, Patterson lofted a ball to deep left to drive in Hill.
In the bottom of the inning, former Cub Eric Young hit a one-out single to left off Joe Borowski (2-2) and stole second. But pinch hitter Lenny Harris lined out to second base on the 11th pitch of his at-bat and Young was doubled off to end the game.
The Cubs avoided their first double-digit losing streak since starting the 1997 season 0-14.
Chicago took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Bill Mueller. He hit a fly ball to shallow left field that was caught by shortstop Luis Lopez. But his momentum carried Lopez away from the plate and he made a weak, off-balance throw.
Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins tied it with a mammoth 435-foot solo homer to right-center leading off the bottom of the ninth against closer Antonio Alfonseca.
After Houston singled, pinch runner Young stole second with one out and continued to third on catcher Girardi's throwing error. But Paul Bako fouled out and pinch hitter Alex Ochoa's blast to right was caught by a sprinting Sammy Sosa on the warning track.
The Brewers started the scoring in the fourth as Ronnie Belliard came in on a sacrifice fly by Richie Sexson. Sexson led off the bottom of the seventh with his 12th homer and Houston added a one-out solo shot to stake Milwaukee to a 3-0 lead.
Chicago struck back for three runs in the eighth. Patterson tripled off starter Ruben Quevedo, another former Cub, with one out and scored on Mueller's sacrifice fly. After Sosa doubled, Luis Vizcaino replaced Quevedo and promptly gave up a tying home run to Fred McGriff.
McGriff's homer was his first at Miller Park, the 40th different stadium in which he has cleared the fences, tying him with Cleveland's Ellis Burks for the all-time lead. It also was his 452nd career homer, tying him with Carl Yastrzemski for 26th on the all-time list, while the two RBI moved him into a tie with Hall of Famer Joe Cronin for 50th with 1,424.