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Chicago 5, Florida 1

7/9/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kerry Wood bounced back from his worst outing of
the season with one of his best.

Wood pitched a three-hitter, striking out 12, and Sammy Sosa hit
a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the
Florida Marlins 5-1 Wednesday.

"It's even better (win) for me coming off a rocky start on my
last one," Wood said. "I got beat around a little bit."

Last Friday, Wood was knocked out after allowing three homers,
six walks and seven runs in just three-plus innings of the Cubs'
11-8 loss to St. Louis.

Wood (9-6) threw 129 pitches -- 79 strikes -- Wednesday in his
second complete game of the season, the other coming on June 18 at
Cincinnati. It was the seventh time this season and 34th in his
career that Wood has struck out 10 or more. He walked three.

"I felt strong today. My fastball felt good and I was able to
get ahead of guys. I was able to go to work with the slider and I
actually had a pretty decent curveball today that I was getting it
over," Wood said.

Jose Hernandez also hit a two-run homer in the eighth for
Chicago, which won its first series since taking two of three from
Baltimore June 10-12.

In the eighth, Marlins starter Carl Pavano (6-10) gave up a
leadoff double to Mark Grudzielanek. Sosa followed with his 15th
homer and 514th of his career -- onto Waveland Avenue, giving the
Cubs a 3-1 lead.

On Tuesday, Sosa popped out to end the game with the tying run
on base in the bottom of the ninth.

"Sometimes its a situation that people that understand
baseball, understand all those little things that we need to go
through," Sosa said. "Yesterday they probably said a lot of
things about me, but today they love me."

Alou then singled, chasing Pavano, who allowed seven hits and
three runs in seven-plus innings.

Tommy Phelps relieved and got Hee Seop Choi to hit into a double
play. Ramon Martinez then walked and Hernandez followed with his
10th home run of the season, making it 5-1.

Florida didn't get its first hit off of Wood until Luis Castillo
led off the fourth with a single to left. Ivan Rodriguez followed
with another single to left, moving Castillo to third. Castillo
scored on Derrek Lee's groundout.

"We weren't doing anything with the bats," Florida manager
Jack McKeon said. "In order to win, you've got to score some
runs."

Tom Goodwin hit into a fielder's choice in the fifth and stole
second and advanced to third after Alex Gonzalez dropped
Rodriguez's throw. Sosa hit a two-out RBI single, driving in
Goodwin to make it 1-all.<
^Notes: Mike Lowell was given the day off. He is hitless in his last
19 at-bats. ... Sosa made a leaping catching against the ivy in
right on Juan Pierre's fly ball in the third inning. ... Hall of
Famer Ernie Banks was the guest conductor for the seventh-inning
stretch.