Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 11
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Chi Cubs0
Game 2: Tuesday, April 12
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Chi Cubs
Game 2: Wednesday, April 13
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 13
San Diego3Final
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Padres 3

(5-4, 3-2 away)

Cubs 8

(4-5, 3-3 home)

4:35 PM ET, April 13, 2005

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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W: M. Prior (1-0)

L: B. Lawrence (0-2)

First start of season a success for Prior; Wood rocked

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Prior was a success in his season debut, while Kerry Wood struggled again.

Prior pitched six shutout innings in his first game of the season and Derrek Lee had five RBIs, leading the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 8-3 Wednesday for a doubleheader split.

Wood gave up three home runs in the opener, including one to Geoff Blum leading off the game, as the Padres won 8-3.

Prior (1-0) made just one start in spring training and went on the disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He got hit hard last week in a minor league rehabilitation start but, backed by a quick 7-0 lead Wednesday, he allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one, throwing 92 pitches.

"I wanted to go out there and throw strikes," Prior said. "I had good down angle on the ball, throwing my fastballs down in the zone pretty good. I was happy with the command I did have on my fastball. Even the first three or four pitches of the game, I threw it right where I wanted."

Fans, some of whom booed Wood in the opener, cheered loudly for Prior, whose start was delayed a day by Tuesday's rainout.

"It was kind of a nice, little welcome back to the season," Prior said. "It was pretty cool."

Prior also started the four-run second with a single up the middle, scoring off Corey Patterson's RBI single. He added another single in the third inning.

While Cubs manager Dusty Baker said he was grateful for his offensive contributions, he was mostly glad to see Prior on the mound.

"You're always concerned when a guy hasn't pitched very much," Baker said. "He had good command, good tempo. His mechanics looked good."

Brian Lawrence (0-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Lee hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Chicago's runs in the second came on Patterson's RBI single, Lee's sacrifice fly, a run-scoring wild pitch and Jeromy Burnitz's run-scoring single.

"I hit it pretty good," Lee said of his homer. "The key to that was to keep it low because the wind was blowing in pretty hard."

Neifi Perez went 6-for-9 in the doubleheader, all singles. Perez started at second base in the first game and at shortstop in the second.

Prior said endurance was only a factor when he zipped around from first to third on Jerry Hairston's double in the third.

"I got a little winded out there running first to third," he said. "I haven't done that since college."

While Prior said he's not "100 percent" yet, that's news to the Padres.

"He threw very well," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't get much going off him. It didn't look like he was coming off rehab."

In the opener, Wood gave up four fast runs.

"I've got to figure something out in the first inning," he said. "The last two times I've pitched, the first inning has been kind of rough."

Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko also homered off Wood (0-1), who wound up allowing seven runs, one of them unearned. He needed 51 pitches to get through the first two innings and threw 112 by the time he left after Klesko's drive with two outs in the seventh.

"Early on he didn't have a feel for his breaking ball," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "There's no need for concern. He settled down after that first inning and found his release point. & I'm sure he'll be better the next time out."

Jake Peavy (1-0) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.

"He came through with seven solid innings," Bochy said. "That's what you want in the first game of a doubleheader."

Blum also homered leading off the ninth against left-hander Cliff Bartosh, the third time he homered from both sides of the plate in one game. Xavier Nady went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles for the Padres, tying a career high for hits.

Peavy, who blanked Pittsburgh for 6 2/3 innings in his first start, gave up his first runs of the season in the fourth when Patterson homered and Burnitz hit a sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded and two outs, Peavy struck out Todd Hollandsworth.

After Blum's first homer, Wood loaded the bases by hitting Mark Loretta in the hip with a pitch, then walking Giles and Klesko on a total of nine pitches. Phil Nevin hit an RBI grounder, Ramon Hernandez had an RBI single and Nady hit a dribbler to Wood, who threw wildly to first as another run scored.

Giles homered in the second for a 5-0 lead and had a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Klesko's homer.

Game notes

Blum homered from both sides on July 5, 2001, for Montreal against Florida and last May 4, 2004, with Tampa Bay at Texas. It was his fourth career multihomer game and also his first time leading off a game with a homer. ... Barrett threw out his third runner of the series, getting Klesko at second base in the fifth inning of the first game. ... Mike Fontenot made his major league debut for the Cubs, pinch running and scoring in the ninth inning of the opener. He pinch hit and walked in the seventh inning of the second game. ... Patterson has a nine-game hitting streak, the first for the Cubs at the start of the season since Brian McRae in 1996.

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