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Prior (8-4) threw 123 pitches in six innings for the win while Wood had his longest stint since being sent to the bullpen -- two shutout innings with four strikeouts -- and the Cubs held on through a shaky ninth for a 5-4 victory Sunday night.
"His first couple of outings he was getting his feet wet and now I think he's real comfortable where he's at," Prior said of Wood after the two aces pitched in the same game for the first time.
"It makes it real easy when he's throwing 98 and 99. He's throwing the ball extremely well and it's fun to see him out there doing what he loves to do."
Wood made his fifth relief appearance since being sent to the bullpen to relieve the stress on his troublesome shoulder. His previous four outings all lasted one inning.
Asked if being a reliever was something might get used to, Wood said not really, even though he hasn't allowed a run and has struck out 10 in five relief outings.
"I plan on being a starter for a few more years," he said.
Following an eight-game losing streak, the Cubs won three of four games from the Cardinals in the spirited series at Wrigley Field.
Morris (12-5) was hit in the palm of his left hand near the wrist with a Jeromy Burnitz line drive, a play that started the Cubs' rally.
"It got numb right away and I was just trying to get some blood in there. I started shaking it around and feeling a little better with it," Morris said, adding he was OK.
"He did what he was supposed to, drive it up the box. Unfortunately I got in the way. I didn't even see it. It hit me pretty flush and died right in front of the mound."
After a trainer and manager Tony La Russa talked with and examined him, Morris stayed in the game. Burnitz reached on the play, Nomar Garciaparra followed with another single and after a fielder's choice, Henry Blanco walked to load the bases.
Macias then hit a two-run single up the middle to finish Morris, who dropped to 11-5 in his career against the Cubs. Morris gave up 11 hits and five runs, including homers to Corey Patterson and Matt Lawton, in 5 1/3 innings.
"I gave up a bunch of 0-2 hits. I was throwing too many balls over the plate. That's not a good formula," Morris said.
Patterson, demoted to the minors for a month and just recalled five days ago, hit a two-run homer following Garciaparra's leadoff double in the second.
Lawton hit his first homer with the Cubs since a trade from the Pirates on July 31 to make it 3-1 in the fifth. The Cubs thought they had two more when Derrek Lee's long drive near the left-field foul pole was first ruled a two-run homer before the umpires huddled and reversed the call, saying it was foul.
After third base umpire Mike Winters ruled it a fair ball, the left side of the Cardinals' infield and left fielder John Rodriguez protested and that prompted an argument from La Russa. The umpires huddled and overruled the call -- replays showed the ball clearly foul -- and that brought Cubs manager Dusty Baker out. After circling the bases, Lee had to return to the plate and flied out.
Prior, who gave up three first-inning homers to the Cardinals on July 24 in a no-decision, yielded Mahoney's first major-league homer in the second with two outs. Mahoney, a former Cubs farmhand, entered the game batting .155.
|Matt Lawton hits his first Cubs homer since being acquired from the Pirates in a trade on July 31. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||4||0||2||0||1||1||0||.273|
|John Rodriguez, LF||5||0||0||1||0||1||2||.286|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.336|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.268|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||1||2||.306|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.300|
|So Taguchi, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.293|
|Mike Mahoney, C||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.164|
|a- Skip Schumaker, PH||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Matt Morris, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.093|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cal Eldred, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- John Mabry, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.263|
|a-grounded out for Mahoney in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Eldred in the 9th|
|HR - Mike Mahoney (1, Prior)|
|RBI - John Rodriguez (12), So Taguchi (36), Mike Mahoney 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Mahoney (4)|
|CS - Jim Edmonds (5, 2nd base by Prior/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Nunez-Grudzielanek-Pujols, Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Morris (L,12-5)||5.1||11||5||5||1||2||2||3.83|
|WP - Al Reyes (1), Ray King (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 95-61, Randy Flores 5-3, Al Reyes 14-9, Ray King 11-7, Cal Eldred 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 5-8, Randy Flores 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Morris 27, Randy Flores 1, Al Reyes 3, Ray King 3, Cal Eldred 3|
|Matt Lawton, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.273|
|Ryan Dempster, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Todd Walker, 2B||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.346|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.304|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.260|
|Nomar Garciaparra, SS||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||2||1||2||0||0||2||.235|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.243|
|Mark Prior, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.212|
|a- Jose Macias, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.299|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|b- Todd Hollandsworth, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.254|
|a-singled for Prior in the 6th|
|b-singled for Wood in the 8th|
|2B - Nomar Garciaparra (2, Morris)|
|HR - Matt Lawton (11, Morris), Corey Patterson (12, Morris)|
|RBI - Matt Lawton (48), Corey Patterson 2 (27), Jose Macias 2 (10)|
|SB - Corey Patterson (13, 2nd base off Morris/Mahoney)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Walker-Garciaparra-Lee|
|E - Nomar Garciaparra (4, wild throw)|
|Mark Prior (W,8-4)||6||7||3||3||4||7||1||3.70|
|Kerry Wood (H,2)||2||0||0||0||1||4||0||4.20|
|Ryan Dempster (S,16)||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||4.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Prior 123-72, Kerry Wood 28-18, Ryan Dempster 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Prior 2-7, Kerry Wood 1-1, Ryan Dempster 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Prior 27, Kerry Wood 7, Ryan Dempster 5|
|Attendance - 39311|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Winters|