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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.
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.
|Kerry Wood fans nine, gives up two hits and allows just one earned run in six strong innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brady Clark, CF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.322|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.271|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.290|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.272|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.281|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||.237|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.175|
|Chad Moeller, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.190|
|a- Prince Fielder, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Damian Miller, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Ben Sheets, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Chris Magruder, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.211|
|Julio Santana, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Moeller in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Sheets in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Wise in the 9th|
|HR - Bill Hall (12, Wood), Lyle Overbay (10, Rusch)|
|SH - Rickie Weeks (1)|
|RBI - Bill Hall (33), Lyle Overbay (38)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Hall-Overbay-Hardy|
|Julio Santana (L,1-2)||0.1||2||1||1||1||0||0||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|
|Corey Patterson, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.240|
|Neifi Perez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.275|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.385|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.276|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.296|
|Todd Walker, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.319|
|Todd Hollandsworth, LF||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.264|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Kerry Wood, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Glendon Rusch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ronny Cedeno, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Roberto Novoa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Ohman in the 8th|
|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|
|Glendon Rusch (BS,1)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||3.20|
|Roberto Novoa (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||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|
|Attendance - 38846|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|