Cubs' Wood gets painful first win

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

CHICAGO — Kerry Wood left early with tendinitis in his right shoulder but still got his first win of the season, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Sunday.

Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run shot off Dave Williams (1-2), and Neifi Perez homered and had two RBIs for the Cubs.

Wood (1-1) struck out a season-high eight but was pulled after five innings and only 76 pitches. He gave up two runs, three hits and three walks.

Pitching in 42-degree weather, Wood said his shoulder was stiff before the game, but he loosened up after that. The discomfort he felt was similar to spring training. The right-hander started just three games this spring because of bursitis in his shoulder.

The Cubs weren't sure if he would miss his next start.

Glendon Rusch pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Wood. Michael Wuertz threw a hitless eighth and Chad Fox got three outs for his first save.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 6

DENVER — Milton Bradley had four hits and Los Angeles scored five times in the eighth inning, rallying past Colorado to avoid a three-game sweep.

Brad Penny came off the disabled list for the Dodgers and allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. Penny, who hadn't pitched since Sept. 22 because of a nerve injury in his right biceps, threw 81 pitches. He gave up a two-run homer to Preston Wilson in the first, then settled down and retired 11 in a row during one stretch.

Jason Phillips, Olmedo Saenz and Norihiro Nakamura each had two RBIs for the Dodgers, who snapped a three-game skid.

Trailing 5-3, the Dodgers got five runs against Colorado's struggling bullpen in the eighth. Byung-Hyun Kim (0-3) took the loss.

Giovanni Carrara (3-0) worked two innings for the win, and Yhency Brazoban earned his fifth save in six opportunities.

Braves 4, Phillies 0

ATLANTA — John Thomson pitched five-hit ball for seven innings and Atlanta beat Philadelphia to finish a three-game sweep.

Johnny Estrada drove in two runs for the Braves, who outscored the Phillies 21-3 in the series and will take a four-game winning streak into New York for a three-game set against the Mets beginning Monday night.

The Phillies have lost five of six to fall into last place in the NL East.

Thomson (2-2) struck out eight and walked two, ending his two-game skid. Chris Reitsma worked a hitless eighth and Dan Kolb finished the six-hitter.

Andruw Jones and Raul Mondesi each hit an RBI single.

Vicente Padilla (0-2) struggled in his second straight rocky start since opening the season on the disabled list.

Cardinals 8, Astros 5

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, and David Eckstein and Mark Grudzielanek each had three hits to help St. Louis complete a three-game sweep of Houston.

Matt Morris (2-0) worked five effective innings in his second start since shoulder surgery for the Cardinals, who have won their last seven home games against the Astros — including the 2004 NL championship series. The NL Central leaders have won nine of 10 overall and swept the Astros at home for the first time since May 21-23, 2002.

Manager Tony La Russa earned his 2,126th victory, breaking a tie with Joe McCarthy for fifth on the career list.

The Cardinals battered Brandon Backe (1-1), who threw eight shutout innings against them in Game 5 of the NLCS, for eight runs and 13 hits in five innings. They were on him from the start with four extra-base hits in the first six at-bats during a four-run first, including Pujols' fifth homer and consecutive triples by Scott Rolen and Reggie Sanders.

Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his seventh save in seven chances.

Reds 2, Marlins 1

MIAMI — Brandon Claussen and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to help Cincinnati snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Florida.

Claussen (1-1) allowed three hits and walked three in 5 1-3 innings, winning for the first time since Aug. 22. He had lost his last six decisions.

Joe Valentine and Ryan Wagner pitched 2 2-3 hitless innings before Danny Graves struggled through the ninth to earn his seventh save in seven chances. He walked two and gave up a broken-bat RBI single to pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera before striking out Juan Pierre with runners on first and second.

Marlins starter Brian Moehler (1-1) allowed two runs — one earned — in seven innings, his longest outing since 2002.

Nationals 11, Mets 4

NEW YORK — Brad Wilkerson and Vinny Castilla each had four of Washington's season-high 17 hits against New York.

The win halted a three-game skid for the Nationals and ended a three-game winning streak for the Mets.

Wilkerson had a two-run homer, two singles and a double, while Castilla had three singles an RBI double.

Livan Hernandez (2-2) recovered from a shaky start and lasted seven innings for the win.

Mike Piazza had a three-run double for New York, but Victor Zambrano (1-2) gave up eight runs — seven earned — and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Brewers 8, Giants 5

SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Lee homered twice, Jeff Cirillo added a two-run single and Milwaukee won a series against San Francisco for the first time in four years.

Winning pitcher Gary Glover (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Derrick Turnbow got four outs for his first career save, striking out pinch-hitter Marquis Grissom with two on to end it.

Moises Alou hit his first home run for the Giants, two days after coming off the disabled list. Jerome Williams (0-2) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings.

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 6

PHOENIX — Troy Glaus went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and Tony Clark homered in a rare start to lead Arizona over San Diego.

Shawn Estes (2-1) allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings for the Diamondbacks, who withstood a late rally by San Diego to complete their second three-game sweep of the season and record their franchise-record ninth home win in April.

The Padres narrowed a seven-run deficit to two by scoring five times in the seventh and eighth. Brandon Lyon got four outs for his NL-leading eighth save in nine chances.

Arizona has won seven straight at home and four of five overall.

Brian Lawrence (1-3) was charged with six runs in 2 1-3 innings.

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