MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kerry Wood felt right at home.
With a sellout crowd made up mostly of Cubs fans cheering him on at Miller Park, Wood won for the first time in a month. He gave up
two runs on eight hits and struck out six to raise his major
league-leading total to 234 as Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Sunday.
Combined with Houston's 7-1 loss to San Diego on Sunday, the win gives the Cubs a half-game lead in the NL Central.
The Cubs are 7-0 in Milwaukee this season, and fans driving up
from Chicago helped the Brewers sell out all three games over the
"That's about as close as you're going to get to a home crowd
feeling being on the road," Wood said. "The fans are great. They
come out and support us, and I think it's great."
Wood (12-11), had three losses in five starts since an Aug. 6
win over San Diego.
Sosa hit his 34th home run to lead off the seventh for a 7-2
lead. After Aramis Ramirez singled, Simon followed with his second
homer and 15th of the season. Both homers were off reliever Leo Estrella.
Simon's homer in the third gave Chicago a 5-0 lead.
"It was one of the rare times, lately, we've gotten some runs
for Woody early," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "He held them
to two runs. Two quality outings in a row for him. His confidence
is growing, and I can just see him getting better down the stretch.
Doug Davis (2-1), 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his first four starts
for Milwaukee, allowed five runs on four hits in four innings. One
of those was Simon's homer in the third.
"It was probably a pitch I shouldn't have thrown, that I would
like back," Davis said. "I pretty much threw it right down
the middle for him. I just said, 'Here, hit it.' And he hit it."
The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a groundout by
Sosa and a sacrifice fly by Ramirez that was dropped by left
fielder Brooks Kieschnick for an error.
Milwaukee has won 14 of its last 19 games. ... Wood hit 2B
Keith Ginter with a pitch the first two times he batted. Ginter has
been struck 15 times this year. ... The five RBI tied Simon's
career high. ... The Brewers had a crowd of 42,127, their third
consecutive sellout as the series drew 131,254 fans, most of them
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