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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cubs 10, Reds 6

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Mark Prior feels like he is getting close to his dominant form. Teammate Nomar Garciaparra hopes surgery will help him return to the Cubs' lineup more quickly.

Prior struck out a season-high 10 in six strong innings and Neifi Perez hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

After the game, Garciaparra said he will have surgery on his groin Wednesday in Philadelphia and hopes to play again this season. Dr. William C. Meyers will not reattach the groin, but will clean up tissue around the injured area.

"The decision was made during today's game after coming back and talking to the doctors," Garciaparra said. "It's going to be a minor procedure.

"When you do something like this, it's not just the tendon, there's other tissues that often get damaged when you have something this extreme," he added.

The shortstop injured his groin last Wednesday in St. Louis when he slipped running out of the batter's box. He is expected to miss several months.

Prior (3-0) fought thorough wildness over the first three innings, throwing 63 pitches and walking two, but still struck out six. He had three strikeouts in the second inning but Austin Kearns reached first base when he swung at a wild pitch for strike three.

"It's coming. I felt probably the best I've felt," Prior said.

"They're a good hitting ballclub. Think about the hitters they got in there, (Ken) Griffey, (Sean) Casey, (Adam) Dunn, they're very good and tough to face back-to-back," said Prior. You're trying to reinvent the wheel as far as pitch sequences. Getting through those innings, matching their pitcher, gave us a chance to stay in the game.

Prior has won all three of his starts this season and is looking a lot like the pitcher he was in 2003 when he went 18-6. He gave up his first earned run of the year in the fourth, a leadoff homer to Austin Kearns.

Prior struck out Wilson with his 106th and final pitch to retire the side in the sixth. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks. He didn't want to push another inning so early in the season.

"No sense in getting blown out in first part of season. I'm still trying to get into shape," Prior said.

Perez broke a 2-all tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single to right field off Wilson. Derrek Lee then followed with a two-run double to left, scoring Jerry Hairston and Perez to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Lee was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

The Reds pulled to 5-3 in the seventh on Joe Randa's double, but the Cubs added two runs in the bottom half on Jeromy Burnitz's sacrifice fly and Michael Barrett's double. Barrett finished 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Wilson retired the first nine batters he faced before Hairston led off the fourth with a double. After Lee walked, Burnitz hit a hard grounder to second baseman Ryan Freel, who fielded the ball on the outfield grass but lost control when he tried to take the ball out of his glove, allowing Hairston to score from second. Barrett followed with a single up the middle off Freel's glove and Lee scored, giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Dunn tied it in the fifth with an RBI double off the right-field wall.

Griffey doubled off the wall in left-center in the first and finished 3-for-5. He extended his career-high homerless streak to start a season to 64 at-bats.

"I'm trying to be patient if possible, go out there and play as I can and see what happens," Griffey said.

Wilson (1-2) pitched six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.

"I felt like I made some good pitches, challenging guys, changing speeds," Wilson said. "It's up to me go out there and shut them down and I didn't."

Chad Fox walked two in the ninth before giving up a towering homer to Dunn that landed on Sheffield Ave. After the homer, Fox walked Rich Aurilia. He then reached a 3-1 count against Jason LaRue before walking off the mound with an arm injury.

Fox was on the disabled list for most of the season last year with ulnar neuritis in his right arm.


Chicago CF Corey Patterson didn't start because of the flu. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. ... Cubs manager Dusty Baker said before the game they will decide later this week if RHP Kerry Wood will make his scheduled start Saturday at Houston. Wood left Sunday's start early with tendinitis, but still got his first win of the season. ... Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who recently lost the closer role, pitched a scoreless eighth inning. ... Cubs pitchers struck out 13 overall.

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Players of the Game

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Barrett
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Ryan Freel, 2B5010023 .359
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5130002 .234
Sean Casey, 1B4210103 .286
Joe Randa, 3B3111211 .266
Adam Dunn, LF4124123 .304
Austin Kearns, RF5111023 .220
Rich Aurilia, SS4010111 .222
Jason LaRue, C4000122 .204
Paul Wilson, P3000023 .200
    Ben Weber, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   a- Jacob Cruz, PH1000011 .182
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   b- Wily Mo Pena, PH1000011 .333
a-struck out for Mercker in the 8th
b-struck out for Coffey in the 9th
2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (6, Prior), Joe Randa (4, Bartosh), Adam Dunn (8, Prior)
HR - Adam Dunn (5, Fox), Austin Kearns (2, Prior)
RBI - Joe Randa (13), Adam Dunn 4 (13), Austin Kearns (6)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Randa (7), Adam Dunn (5)
Team LOB - 12
E - Jason LaRue (2, wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Paul Wilson (L,1-2) 6855230 6.00
Ben Weber 0.1122100 7.88
Kent Mercker 0.2100000 4.15
Todd Coffey 1233001 11.25
HBP - Hairston (by Todd Coffey)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Wilson 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Wilson 6-9, Ben Weber 1-0, Todd Coffey 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Wilson 28, Ben Weber 3, Kent Mercker 3, Todd Coffey 6
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF4320002 .262
Neifi Perez, SS5224011 .396
Derrek Lee, 1B4222100 .408
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4100103 .229
Jeromy Burnitz, RF3012001 .274
Michael Barrett, C4032000 .207
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4000014 .222
Jose Macias, 2B3110100 .118
Mark Prior, P1000000 .429
   a- Corey Patterson, PH1000012 .286
    Cliff Bartosh, P00000001.000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Ben Grieve, PH11100001.000
    Chad Fox, P0000000 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Prior in the 6th
b-singled for Hawkins in the 8th
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (5, Wilson), Derrek Lee (8, Wilson), Michael Barrett 2 (4, Wilson, Mercker)
HR - Neifi Perez (3, Coffey)
SF - Jeromy Burnitz (2)
SH - Mark Prior (1)
RBI - Neifi Perez 4 (12), Derrek Lee 2 (19), Jeromy Burnitz 2 (12), Michael Barrett 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (3), Michael Barrett 2 (3)
SB - Derrek Lee (4, 3rd base off Weber/LaRue)
Team LOB - 6
E - Neifi Perez (1, wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Mark Prior (W,3-0) 66222101 0.95
Cliff Bartosh (H,1) 0.2211110 2.57
Michael Wuertz (H,2) 0.1000010 0.96
LaTroy Hawkins 1100010 4.50
Chad Fox 0.1133301 6.75
Mike Remlinger 0.2000010 7.11
WP - Mark Prior (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Prior 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Prior 4-5, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Prior 27, Cliff Bartosh 5, Michael Wuertz 1, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Chad Fox 5, Mike Remlinger 2
Game Information
Attendance - 38013
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom