Final

Rockies 4

(17-12, 7-7 away)

Cubs 5

(14-16, 7-8 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    HoHoKam Park, Mesa, Arizona 

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    Wood tallies 92 pitches over five innings

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Kerry Wood was on the mound Wednesday after a three-week break because of bursitis in his right shoulder, throwing 92 pitches over five innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4.

    Wood had not pitched since March 9. He missed a comeback start last week when he woke up with a stiff lower back.

    For Wood, the wait was worth it, as he gave up eight hits and three runs while walking four and striking out three.

    "I felt great," he said. "I felt like I could have gone more. It's a good sign, considering the time I've missed."

    Wood is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Sunday. His first start of the regular season is set for April 8, when the Cubs have their home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Wood gave up a home run to the Rockies' Aaron Miles leading off the game. The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Wood limited the damage to just one run. The Rockies added a run in the fourth.

    In the fifth, the Rockies had runners on first and second with one out, but Wood ended his day by striking out Clint Barmes and Cory Sullivan.

    "The fastball and the mechanics felt good," Wood said. "I got two strikes on guys and just couldn't put them away. My breaking ball really wasn't where I'd like it to be at this point. I'm sure that's a small adjustment we can make. Maybe it's something with the grip. Overall, I was pleased with it."

    So was Cubs manager Dusty Baker.

    "I wasn't real worried because he had a pretty good outing his last time in the simulated game," Baker said.

    The Cubs scored a run in the first on an RBI double by Nomar Garciaparra. The Cubs then put together five hits in the third against Rockies starting pitcher Joe Kennedy. Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee had run-scoring singles, and Todd Walker drove in another run on a fielder's choice.

    Kennedy worked four innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. He walked two and struck out four.

    Garrett Atkins went 2-for-4 and scored a run for the Rockies. Barmes was 3-for-4, and Andy Tracy added a ninth-inning solo homer.

    Game notes


    RHP Joe Borowski, who has a broken right wrist, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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