With two more home runs Saturday, it looks like Mark McGwire will win the great home run derby.
Big Mac hit Nos. 67 and 68 in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-6 loss to Montreal, his ninth multihomer game this season and the 52nd of his career.With one game left, McGwire is two ahead of Chicago's Slammin' Sammy Sosa, who went 2-for-4 with two singles in the Cubs' 3-2 victory at Houston.
The St. Louis Cardinals' slugger reclaimed the lead he's relinquished only twice all season - and then for only 103 minutes in all - hitting No. 67 off Dustin Hermanson in the fourth inning. He connected again in the seventh, a two-run, 435-shot off rookie Kirk Bullinger.
Sosa led the race for 58 minutes on Aug. 19 before McGwire regained the lead with his 48th and 49th homers in the same game at Chicago.
Sosa led for 45 minutes on Friday when he hit his 66th before McGwire answered. That was the 21st time the pair had homered on the same day. Two at-bats later, McGwire had the lead again.
With one out in the fourth Saturday and a sellout crowd of 48,212 on their feet and cheering, he lined a first-pitch fastball from Hermanson an estimated 403 feet into the left-field seats.
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