CHICAGO (AP) -- The wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field -- which
had no effect on the Chicago Cubs.
Winning pitcher Kerry Wood had a power stroke going, too, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth.
Kerry Wood hit his fifth career home run and Sammy Sosa hit his
503rd as the Cubs connected four times en route to a 16-3 rout of
the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.The Cubs scored at least 10 runs against the Reds for the third straight
day and totaled 40 in the four-game series. Chicago hadn't done that since August 1894, according to team historian Ed Hartig."Everybody has been swinging the bat unbelievable and pitching
has been great," said Sosa, who homered for the third time in as
many days, leaving him one shy of Eddie Murray for 17th place on
the career list."That's how you win games, when everybody contributes."With the wind gusting in from the northeast at 14 mph, this
figured to be a pitcher's duel. But the Cubs' offense played as if
it was a warm, muggy day in July, knocking out 16 hits. Sosa's
homer sailed all the way to Waveland Avenue, and Hee Seop Choi and
Mark Grudzielanek also went deep.Chicago won its third straight for the first time this year.
Cincinnati has dropped five of six."They've been hot the last three days. They're not missing many
pitches. It seems like everything they hit finds a hole," said
Reds right-hander Jimmy Haynes, who was put on the 15-day disabled
list after the game with a bulging disk in his back.Adam Dunn hit his sixth homer of the year, tying teammate Austin Kearns for the NL lead, but that wasn't nearly enough to keep pace
with the Cubs. Chicago's 16 runs were the most allowed by the Reds
since a 16-7 loss to Colorado on Aug. 10, 2001.Haynes became the first Reds pitcher to lose his first four
starts since Joey Jay lost his first five in 1963. Haynes allowed
10 runs, 10 hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings, the worst start of
"Just a bad day all around," Haynes said. "Everything was
bad. I can't pinpoint on just one thing. Everything was going bad
today."Wood (3-0) didn't have his best stuff, either, giving up three
runs and five hits in six innings, striking out three and walking
three. Alan Benes went three innings for his first career save.Wood cruised through the first three innings, allowing only two
walks. But he got into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases
with one out when he hit Ruben Mateo with a pitch.Brandon Larson followed with a sacrifice fly, but Wood escaped
without further damage when Jason LaRue flied out to center."I didn't stay aggressive and stay after guys," Wood said. "I
started losing sight of the strike zone and got a little wild, but
fortunately we got far enough ahead that they didn't hurt me too
bad."With the way the Cubs were piling runs on, Wood could afford to
give up a couple. Chicago roughed up Haynes (0-4) early, scoring
four runs in the first inning with two outs.Sosa started it with a walk, and Moises Alou followed with a
single to center. Choi then drew a walk to load the bases, and
Corey Patterson and Mark Bellhorn hit consecutive two-run singles."There are such things as two-out rallies, but that was as good
a two-out rally as I've seen in a long time," Cubs manager Dusty
Baker said.The Cubs chased Haynes with another big inning in the fifth.
Wood homered to right-center on a 1-1 pitch, a two-run shot that
drew a standing ovation and chants of "Ker-ry! Ker-ry!" from the
crowd of 29,672."I don't know how it made it out, actually," Wood said. "I
hit it pretty good but the wind was blowing in. I didn't know it
was out until I hit first base and heard everybody cheering."And the Cubs weren't done. Grudzielanek and Alex Gonzalez drew
walks, and that was it for Haynes. But Josias Manzanillo didn't
fare any better. His first batter was Sosa, who sent a 1-2 pitch
sailing over the left-field fence and bouncing down Waveland Avenue
for an 11-1 lead."Everybody is coming together and doing everything together,"
Sosa said. "It's a great feeling to play like that in April. We
know we have a chance of having a great year."
Reds 1B Sean Casey missed the game to be with his wife for
the birth of their second child. ... The victory was the Cubs' 10th
of the season. Last year, Chicago didn't get its 10th win until May 3.