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Cubs scratch past Brewers in Wood's return

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood returned, and the Chicago Cubs won again.

Wood threw six sharp innings in his first start in two months, and Todd Hollandsworth hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday that extended Chicago's winning streak to four.

Wood, who had not pitched since April 30 because of a strained right shoulder, allowed one run and two hits in six innings. He struck out nine, walked two and left after 91 pitches with a 2-1 lead.

"I wasn't trying to do too much," said Wood, whose velocity reached 97 mph. "I was putting my fastball pretty much where I wanted to. My slider was good early, and I dropped in a couple of good curveballs."

Chicago, which began the day 8½ games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central, got its top two starters back within a span of four days. Mark Prior started Sunday's 2-0 win over the White Sox, his first appearance since a line drive broke a bone in his right elbow on May 27.

"We feel very good and confident we finally got out pitching staff back that we started with," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It builds everything. It's kind of like glue, putting pieces of a puzzle together. It's like having your whole army back. The name of the game is pitching. When you've got good pitching, you're got a chance to win a lot of ballgames."

Wood threw first-pitch strikes to 16 hitters and was consistently ahead in the count in outdueling Brewers ace Ben Sheets.

"It's nice to be back contributing, competing out there with my teammates and going through it with them," Wood said.

Wood longer feels no pain in his shoulder.

"It's a lot easier to pitch when you don't have anything bothering you," he said.

He gave up his only run in the fourth inning, when Bill Hall homered.

"Kerry Wood threw about as well as he could throw it,' Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

The Brewers tied the score 2-2 just after Wood departed when Lyle Overbay homered on the second pitch from Glendon Rusch, a drive that just reached the bleachers in left-center.

Jeromy Burnitz walked against Julio Santana (1-2) leading off the ninth, took second on Todd Walker's single -- that was nearly caught by center fielder Brady Clark -- and scored on Hollandsworth's second RBI single of the game.

"In that situation there's no room for error," Santana said. "It wasn't way inside, but it was a quality pitch."

Roberto Novoa (2-1), the Cubs fifth pitcher, threw a scoreless ninth.

Sheets gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Hollandsworth's second-inning single put Chicago ahead, but Hall's homer ended a 28-inning scoreless streak by Cubs pitchers. Burnitz then homered to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.

Notes

  • Wood was activated before the game and RHP Joe Borowski was designated for assignment. Borowski, 34, had 33 saves for the Cubs in 2003, but has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons.
  • Hall's homer stopped an 0-for-13 slump.
  • Carlos Lee was 0-for-3 against Wood. Heading into Wednesday, he was 10-for-20 lifetime against him.
  • Actor Paul Reiser sang "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.
 
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Kerry Wood fans nine, gives up two hits and allows just one earned run in six strong innings.  (AP)
Kerry Wood fans nine, gives up two hits and allows just one earned run in six strong innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Hollandsworth
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

T. Walker
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF3020100 .322
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000023 .271
Bill Hall, 3B4111012 .290
Carlos Lee, LF3000111 .272
Lyle Overbay, 1B4111022 .281
Geoff Jenkins, RF3000130 .237
J.J. Hardy, SS3000121 .175
Chad Moeller, C3010011 .190
   a- Prince Fielder, PH1000011 .280
    Damian Miller, C0000000 .267
Ben Sheets, P2000011 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .300
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Magruder, PH1000011 .211
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
Totals3125241514 
a-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
b-grounded out for Sheets in the 7th
c-struck out for Wise in the 9th
Batting
HR - Bill Hall (12, Wood), Lyle Overbay (10, Rusch)
SH - Rickie Weeks (1)
RBI - Bill Hall (33), Lyle Overbay (38)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hall-Overbay-Hardy
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets 6622151 3.63
Matt Wise 2000100 2.52
Julio Santana (L,1-2) 0.1211100 3.76
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 102-66, Matt Wise 30-16, Julio Santana 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 4-7, Matt Wise 3-3
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 23, Matt Wise 7, Julio Santana 4
Chicago Cubs
Corey Patterson, CF3000111 .240
Neifi Perez, SS4010012 .275
Derrek Lee, 1B4010002 .385
Jeromy Burnitz, RF3211100 .276
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000021 .296
Todd Walker, 2B4130000 .319
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4022001 .264
Michael Barrett, C3000011 .265
Kerry Wood, P2000000 .100
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .143
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH0000100 .313
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
Totals31383358 
a-walked for Ohman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Walker 2 (10, Sheets, Sheets)
HR - Jeromy Burnitz (13, Sheets)
RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (43), Todd Hollandsworth 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (2)
SB - Corey Patterson (12, 2nd base off Sheets/Moeller), Todd Hollandsworth (4, 2nd base off Sheets/Moeller)
CS - Neifi Perez (2, 2nd base by Sheets/Moeller)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago Cubs
Kerry Wood 6211291 5.29
Glendon Rusch (BS,1) 1211021 3.20
Michael Wuertz 0.2100100 3.97
Will Ohman 0.1000010 2.12
Roberto Novoa (W,2-1) 1000130 3.27
IBB - Lee by Michael Wuertz
Pitches-Strikes - Kerry Wood 91-65, Glendon Rusch 26-18, Michael Wuertz 11-7, Will Ohman 3-3, Roberto Novoa 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kerry Wood 4-5, Glendon Rusch 1-0, Michael Wuertz 2-0
Batters Faced - Kerry Wood 22, Glendon Rusch 5, Michael Wuertz 4, Will Ohman 1, Roberto Novoa 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38846
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mike DiMuro