Originally created 05/18/98

Baseball roundup: Wood strikes out 8 in victory vs. Reds



CINCINNATI -- A cut finger prevented rookie Kerry Wood from getting another strikeout record, but his six shutout innings on Sunday helped the Chicago Cubs get a breakthrough win.

Wood allowed only two hits in six innings, striking out eight, as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 to move a season-high seven games over .500. Chicago has won six of seven to improve to 25-18.

Wood (5-2) couldn't come up with a third consecutive record-setting strikeout performance. He has fanned 41 batters in his past three starts, two shy of Dwight Gooden's National League record for a three-game span.

The 20-year-old right-hander left the game after the sixth inning with a small cut on the index finger of his pitching hand. There was no immediate on how the cut occurred or its severity.

Chicago led 6-0 when Wood departed.

Wood has permitted just one run in his past 22 innings, allowing only eight hits in that span.

GIANTS 4, METS 2: Mark Gardner bounced back from a rough outing to pitch 6 1/3 strong innings.

Gardner (3-2), who won for the first time since April 21, allowed one run and four hits. In his last start, he was tagged for eight runs and 11 hits in just 2 1/3 innings against Montreal.

DODGERS 6, EXPOS 3: Bobby Bonilla drove in the go-ahead run for the second time in as many days, and Raul Mondesi had three hits.

Gary Sheffield, acquired by the Dodgers on Friday along with Bonilla and two others, singled twice and drove in a run.

Los Angeles has scored 15 runs in the two days since the blockbuster trade with Florida that sent Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Marlins. The Dodgers also got Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich and rookie pitcher Manuel Barrios.

PADRES 3, PHILLIES 1: Steve Finley, batting just .195, hit a solo homer and Tony Gwynn got his 1,000th career RBI as the San Diego Padres got their fifth straight win.

Finley was in a 1-for-20 slump and hadn't homered since April 25, a span of 77 at-bats.

It was Gwynn's first appearance since taking himself out of Friday night's game with a sore right knee.

ROCKIES 2, BREWERS 1: Mike Lansing and Jeff Reed homered, and Jamey Wright pitched eight strong innings as the Colorado Rockies snapped a six-game losing streak.

Lansing's 429-foot homer in the fifth produced a 1-1 tie, and Reed put the Rockies ahead for the first time in the five games of this homestand with his blast in the seventh. Both homers came off reliever Brad Woodall (0-1).

CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 4: Torrid Brian Jordan had a career-high five hits -- including a homer -- and drove in four runs.

Jordan, who hits behind Mark McGwire, went 5-for-5, and hit his eighth home run in the first inning after the Marlins walked Mark McGwire. He also had run-scoring singles with two outs in the third and the fourth when McGwire was unable to deliver. Jordan added a single in the sixth and a bad-hop double off third baseman Todd Zeile's glove in the eighth.

It was the first five-hit game by a Cardinal this year.

RANGERS 1, INDIANS 0: Aaron Sele struck out nine for his major league-leading seventh victory, outdueling Bartolo Colon as the Texas Rangers avoided a sweep.

Sele (7-2), snapping off his curve ball at will, allowed five hits and walked two in eight innings. He fell one strikeout short of his season high. Sele, who has two shutouts, threw 115 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.64.

John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

RED SOX 5, ROYALS 3: Boston got surprising offense from Lou Merloni, Mark Lemke and Darren Lewis, each driving in a run in a three-run sixth inning that carried the Red Sox.

TIGERS 4, ANGELS 3: Joe Randa homered to start a three-run eighth inning that rallied the Detroit Tigers.

The win was the fourth in five games for the Tigers, while the Angels lost for the ninth time in their past 13.

DEVIL RAYS 7, ORIOLES 3: Fred McGriff's two-run double keyed a five-run eighth that propelled the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a come-from-behind win.

The win was the sixth in eight games for the Devil Rays, who have won four straight against the Orioles, including the past three at Camden Yards. Baltimore has lost four straight and five out of six.

ATHLETICS 9, WHITE SOX 7: Mike Blowers hit a game-tying grand slam, and Scott Spiezio drove in the go-ahead run to key a six-run eighth inning and lift the Oakland Athletics.