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TORONTO (AP)—Reed Johnson started with a home run and finished with one.

Johnson led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer, then homered to start the 10th in lifting the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Sunday.

“That was a first for me,” Johnson said. “There’s no better feeling than doing something significant to win a game.”

Johnson became the first player to hit a leadoff homer and a game-ending homer in the same game since Anaheim’s Darin Erstad did it on June 25, 2000, against Minnesota.

Johnson, playing in place of the injured Shannon Stewart, homered off Mark Guthrie (0-3) to win it.

The 26-year-old rookie went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from the Cubs.

Stewart, who has a sore right hamstring, said he’ll return to the lineup in a couple of days.

“I know when Stew comes back it’s going to be rough,” said Johnson, who is hitting .286 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 28 games.

Johnson homered in the first off Shawn Estes and hit sacrifice fly in the fifth, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Sammy Sosa missed his fifth straight game while serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat. The Cubs are 2-3 without their cleanup hitter, who did not accompany the team to Toronto.

Troy O’Leary hit a grand slam in the sixth to put the Cubs up 4-2.

O’Leary hit his third career grand slam off Cory Lidle. Corey Patterson singled, and Lidle walked Moises Alou and Eric Karros before O’Leary homered.

The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom half on Tom Wilson’s RBI double and Chris Woodward’s run-scoring single.

Lidle gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. Aquilino Lopez (1-1) pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the win.

Estes benefited from four double plays, but he allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

“We were dodging bullets all day, but you can’t keep dodging them,” Cubsmanager Dusty Baker said.


Sosa hit Chicago’s last grand slam on Aug. 11, 2002, at Colorado. … Chicago shortstop Alex Gonzalez missed the game with a sore right hamstring. … Toronto left fielder Frank Catalanotto robbed Lenny Harris of extra bases with a leaping catch in the fifth. Patterson, Chicago’s center fielder, robbed Carlos Delgado of a double with a leaping catch at the wall in the eighth. … Delgado hit his 300th career double in the sixth. … Matt Tosca, the 13-year-old son of Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, performed the nationalanthems on his violin before the game.

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