Sammy Sosa hit his 62nd home run tonight, taking the lead from Mark McGwire with five games left as the Chicago Cubs rolled to an 8-2 win over the Phillies.
Sosa was in an 0-for-9 slump and was 8 for 40 in the past 11 games when he hit a two-run shot off rookie Anthony Shumaker in the ninth inning.
The Cubs right fielder played after finding out that his wife had been hospitalized in Chicago following a mysterious reaction to prescription medication. Sonia Sosa, 25, spent more than 12 hours in the hospital Tuesday. Sosa said his wife assured him she was all right and urged him not to leave the team.
"I'm a strong man," Sosa said. "I had to go out and do my job."
Sosa homered for the first time since hitting No. 61 on Sept. 19 against Milwaukee's Hideo Nomo. He tied McGwire for the second-highest homer total in consecutive seasons at 128. McGwire, still at 61 home runs after St. Louis was rained out tonight against San Diego, has the record with 131 homers the past two seasons.
Mark Grace hit a two-run homer for the Cubs.
Steve Trachsel (8-17) -- who leads the majors in losses -- pitched his fourth complete game of the year and won for the fourth time in five decisions. He gave up nine hits.