Sunday, August 15, 2004

NL: Wood a force in Cubs' victory

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Kerry Wood homered and allowed four hits in eight innings, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Saturday.

"It was his best outing in a long time," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He got his pitch count up a little bit early in the game, but he settled down later."

Wood (7-5) struck out seven and walked three as Chicago won for just the third time in eight games. He hit his seventh homer in 305 career at-bats, a drive into the left-field bleachers in the third inning off Kazuhisa Ishii (11-6).

Chicago added a run in the fifth when Michael Barrett tripled and scored on Corey Patterson's two-out single.

Mike Remlinger finished with a one-hit ninth for his first save since Aug. 22, 2001, for Atlanta against San Diego.

Ishii, starting because Brad Penny has an injured right biceps, gave up six hits in seven innings. Los Angeles, the NL West leader, had won eight off its previous 11 games.

Expos 8, Astros 3

MONTREAL - Nick Johnson hit his first NL grand slam, and Tony Armas Jr. pitched five hitless innings before leaving because of a high pitch count as Montreal stretched its season-best winning streak to seven games.

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3

NEW YORK - Cliff Floyd homered and drove in three runs, and New York extended Arizona's losing streak to nine games. Al Leiter (9-4) worked into the seventh inning to earn the victory, the Mets' third in a row and fourth in five games.

Marlins 11, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE - Jeff Conine's third grand slam of the season highlighted Florida's seven-run ninth inning.

Dontrelle Willis threw seven strong innings, and Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who pounded out 12 hits for their largest margin of victory this year. Willis (9-8) gave up one run and seven hits.

Pirates 6, Rockies 1

PITTSBURGH - Jose Castillo drove in a career-high three runs to back a wild Oliver Perez, and Pittsburgh ended a two-game losing streak.

Castillo and Craig Wilson homered for the Pirates, who are 16-6 when hitting two or more home runs. Castillo, a rookie second baseman, was 3-for-4 with two singles.

Perez (8-6) matched his career high with seven walks but allowed only one run and two hits in six innings.

Braves 9, Cardinals 7

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones homered twice, and Julio Franco had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning as Atlanta gave St. Louis its third loss in 11 games.

In a matchup of division leaders, Andruw Jones and Rafael Furcal also homered for the Braves, who opened a season-high eight-game lead over second-place Philadelphia in the NL East. Atlanta is 21-7 since the All-Star break.

Albert Pujols homered twice for St. Louis.

Giants 7, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA - San Francisco's Yorvit Torrealba hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning.

Cody Ransom, Dustan Mohr and Marquis Grissom also homered for the Giants, who have won three games in a row for the first time in a month.

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