Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hit two home runs in an 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
He may have evened the race with Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals for the major-league record for home runs in a season, but Sosa was mostly despondent. The Cubs are tied with the New York Mets in the race for a playoff berth.
"When you're trying to go to the playoffs, you're never thinking about home runs," Sosa said.
McGwire, who didn't homer Wednesday and whose team is out of the playoff hunt, has four games left at home against the Montreal Expos. Sosa has three games to go on the road against the Houston Astros.
Sosa's homers put him back into the race and ended a 0-for-21 slump at the plate. Just a day before, he had conceded that McGwire would probably hold the record at the end of the season.
No. 65 gave Sosa 11 multihomer games this season, tying the major league record set by Detroit's Hank Greenberg in 1938.
Sosa got his first homer of the day with one out in the fifth inning off rookie left-hander Rafael Roque, who also gave up McGwire's 64th homer. After walking his first two times up against Roque, Sosa hit a fastball 344 feet into the left-field stands.
Then, with two outs in the sixth, he hit a fastball 410 feet to straightaway center off rookie right-hander Rod Henderson.
"I'm happy for him," McGwire said. "There's nothing to be upset