Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 7
Chi Cubs6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 8
Chi Cubs3
Game 3: Wednesday, July 9
Chi Cubs5

Marlins 1

(47-45, 22-26 away)

Cubs 5

(46-44, 23-22 home)

    2:20 PM ET, July 9, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: K. Wood (9-6)

    L: C. Pavano (6-10)

    Chicago 5, Florida 1

    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.

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