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Wood loses lead again in 13th as Cubs rally for second straight day

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CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood let go of the pitch, saw it land low and wide of his catcher and then walked off the mound in misery.

Wood's return to Wrigley Field had gone from bad to worse.

After blowing a save in Friday's 10-inning loss, Wood stumbled again Saturday against his former team.

The Cleveland closer gave up a game-tying single to Andres Blanco in the 13th, blowing the save, and then threw a wild pitch that allowed Blanco to score the winning run as the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 6-5 victory.

"You have mixed feelings about that," Cubs manger Lou Piniella said after his team's third straight wild come-from-behind victory.

"Obviously you like to beat the Cleveland club. Woody did really nice things here in the two years I was here and for this organization in the past. But our job is to go out and whoever is out there try to win a baseball game and that's what we've done."

Wood, who spent a decade with the Cubs before signing with Cleveland as a free agent in the offseason, declined comment after the loss, the Indians' fifth straight.

"The guy comes back to a place where he was at for 10, 11 years. Obviously he's a great guy and you want the best for him and I'm sure this is not the way anybody envisioned this happening," Indians' reliever Joe Smith said. "He's a a veteran guy. He's going to put it behind him."

Luis Valbuena hit his second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the 13th inning off David Patton (3-1), to give the Indians a 5-4 lead.

Wood (2-3), who'd blown the save in Friday's 8-7, 10-inning loss by surrendering a ninth-inning homer to Derrek Lee, gave up a leadoff single Saturday to Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome took off for second as Koyie Hill struck out and made it to third when Indians' catcher Kelly Shoppach threw the ball into center field for an error.

"He got the strikeout and the guy was moving. You can't throw the ball into center field," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

With the infield playing in, Blanco slapped a hard grounder past diving shortstop Valbuena for a single to tie the game. Aaron Miles then dropped a single into shallow left, sending Blanco to third before Wood uncorked the wild pitch with Jake Fox batting.

It was Wood's fourth blown save in 12 chances and Cleveland's AL-leading 13th blown save as a staff.

Wood had 34 saves in 40 chances for the Cubs last year.

"There is a lot of pressure on him coming back to Chicago," current Cubs closer Kevin Gregg said. "That's weird stuff that's happened to him the last couple of days. ... He'll put his nose down and get through it."

Cubs starter Ted Lilly said players don't enjoy seeing a former teammate like Wood -- or Mark DeRosa -- struggle.

"You don't want to see that happen," Lilly said. "We all hope that after they leave -- those two guys were a special part of our team the last couple of years -- that they have great healthy years. But when we're playing them, if they are going to have a rough day, it might as well be here."

DeRosa was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday after hitting a wall chasing a foul fly Friday but did pinch-hit and struck out.

The Cubs' win was their third straight. They rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Indians on Friday. And they had come back from a 5-1 deficit with two at-bats left to beat the White Sox 6-5 on Thursday.

Pinch-hitter Micah Hoffpauir homered Saturday in the sixth for Chicago and Lee connected in the fifth, his fourth homer in three games. Jhonny Peralta also homered for the Indians.

Valbuena, the No. 8 batter who entered the game with a .204 average, hit a long solo homer to right in the fifth off Llly. That gave the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Hoffpauir's two-run homer off Tomo Ohka to put the Cubs ahead 4-3 in the sixth on a warm and windy day at Wrigley Field. But Cleveland tied it when Chicago reliever Carlos Marmol walked Peralta with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Notes

  • Fukudome doubled in the sixth to snap an 0-for-23 skid and finished with four hits to tie a career high.
  • Lee has a 17-game hitting streak.
 
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Kosuke Fukudome takes third base on an errant throw and scores the tying run in the 13th.  (AP)
Kosuke Fukudome takes third base on an errant throw and scores the tying run in the 13th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

L. Valbuena
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
Jamey Carroll, 2B6120023 .277
Jhonny Peralta, 3B5123121 .259
Victor Martinez, C-1B6000014 .335
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3010321 .300
Ryan Garko, 1B-LF3000022 .253
   a- Trevor Crowe, PH-CF2000003 .172
Ben Francisco, CF-LF5010101 .233
Chris Gimenez, LF2100111 .176
   b- Mark DeRosa, PH1000012 .280
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Barfield, PH1000000 .389
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Perez, P1000010 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
Luis Valbuena, SS5232101 .223
Tomo Ohka, P2000011 .000
   d- Travis Hafner, PH1010000 .290
    Jensen Lewis, P0000000 .000
   e- Kelly Shoppach, PH-C3000013 .189
Totals465105714  
a-fouled out for Garko in the 9th
b-struck out for Gimenez in the 8th
c-flied out for Herges in the 10th
d-singled for Ohka in the 7th
e-struck out for Lewis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (4, Lilly), Jhonny Peralta (12, Lilly), Ben Francisco (14, Lilly)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (3, Lilly), Luis Valbuena 2 (4, Lilly, Patton)
SH - Ryan Garko (2)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta 3 (29), Luis Valbuena 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (11), Luis Valbuena (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1
E - Kelly Shoppach (3, Throwing), Luis Valbuena (2, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
Tomo Ohka 6744342 4.70
Jensen Lewis 1000110 5.40
Matt Herges 2100000 2.42
Joe Smith 2100120 5.27
Rafael Perez 1000020 10.53
Kerry Wood (BS,4; L,2-3) 0.1322010 5.47
IBB - Blanco by Tomo Ohka
WP - Kerry Wood (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 101-62, Jensen Lewis 12-6, Matt Herges 24-15, Joe Smith 38-23, Rafael Perez 12-8, Kerry Wood 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 8-6, Jensen Lewis 1-1, Matt Herges 4-2, Joe Smith 1-3
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 28, Jensen Lewis 4, Matt Herges 7, Joe Smith 8, Rafael Perez 3, Kerry Wood 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5000000 .225
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Zambrano, PH1000010 .212
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Jake Fox, LF0000000 .278
Ryan Theriot, SS6120000 .280
Milton Bradley, RF5010112 .241
Derrek Lee, 1B5122112 .288
Mike Fontenot, 3B4000022 .230
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF1000110 .268
    David Patton, P0000000 .000
Kosuke Fukudome, CF5240100 .274
Koyie Hill, C5000034 .222
Andres Blanco, 2B5111105 .217
Ted Lilly, P2000013 .094
   b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1112000 .263
    Jose Ascanio, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Miles, 3B3010001 .203
Totals486125510  
a-struck out for Guzman in the 11th
b-homered for Lilly in the 6th
Batting
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (13, Ohka)
HR - Derrek Lee (11, Ohka), Micah Hoffpauir (5, Ohka)
SH - Koyie Hill (1)
RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (35), Andres Blanco (6), Micah Hoffpauir 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (15), Micah Hoffpauir 2 (13)
SB - Kosuke Fukudome (5, 3rd base off Wood/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Blanco-Lee, Theriot-Blanco-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly 6633062 3.04
Jose Ascanio (H,1) 0.1111100 3.07
Sean Marshall0100000 4.53
Carlos Marmol (BS,3) 0.2000120 3.58
Aaron Heilman 2100430 4.06
Angel Guzman 2000020 2.53
Kevin Gregg 1000100 3.73
David Patton (W,3-1) 1111011 5.75
IBB - Choo by Aaron Heilman
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 87-63, Jose Ascanio 18-10, Sean Marshall 4-3, Carlos Marmol 18-9, Aaron Heilman 52-27, Angel Guzman 23-17, Kevin Gregg 16-11, David Patton 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-6, Aaron Heilman 2-1, Angel Guzman 2-2, Kevin Gregg 2-0, David Patton 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 23, Jose Ascanio 3, Sean Marshall 1, Carlos Marmol 3, Aaron Heilman 11, Angel Guzman 6, Kevin Gregg 3, David Patton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41007
Game Time - 4:27
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Delfin Colon, Third Base - Randy Marsh