Jennie Finch's fiance scatters four hits

CHICAGO (AP) -- Casey Daigle couldn't have picked a better

setting for his first career victory.

With fiancee and star softball pitcher Jennie Finch in the

stands, Daigle outpitched Kerry Wood and beat the team he grew up

watching, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Chicago Cubs

2-0 Wednesday night.

"It was really cool to get it here," Daigle said after being

showered with beer by his teammates. "I would have liked to have

gotten it in my first, second or third start. But getting it at

Wrigley Field and growing up as a kid watching the Cubs, that's

pretty cool."

It certainly will be one to remember.

Just 23 and in his first year in the majors, Daigle (1-1) has

been known as much for his relationship with Finch as his arm. He'd

pitched solidly in his last two outings -- including one last week

against Chicago in Arizona -- but was still looking for his first

victory.

But he pitched a gem against Wood, and Steve Finley made it hold

up with his sixth homer in nine days against the Cubs. Finley also

drove in another run and made a clutch defensive play to end a

bases-loaded rally in the eighth inning.

"They caught me at the wrong time, when I'm on one of my good

streaks," Finley said.

And the Cubs are in one of their bad streaks. They've scored

just 22 runs in their last nine games, going 3-6.

"You've just got to swing your way out of it," Cubs manager

Dusty Baker said. "It's not like we're striking out, we're just

not hitting the ball as hard as we were and finding any holes.

You're not worried about it, you just don't like it. I know these

guys can hit."

Wood (3-2) was dazzling, striking out eight and allowing only

three hits in seven innings. But Daigle matched him pitch for

pitch, scattering four hits over 5 1-3 innings.

"I came into it with my same mindset, to stay with my game that

I've been throwing lately," Daigle said.

He retired his first 10 batters before walking Corey Patterson

in the fourth. Patterson advanced to third on Sammy Sosa's single

but Daigle worked himself out of the jam. Patterson couldn't score

on Moises Alou's fly to shallow center, and Aramis Ramirez flied

out, ending the inning.

The Cubs threatened in the sixth with one-out singles by

Patterson and Sosa. But Mike Koplove relieved and quickly ended the

threat, getting Alou to ground into a double play.

"My arm still felt fine," Daigle said. "I thought I still had

it in me, but whatever it takes for the win."

Koplove has allowed just two of 20 inherited runners to score

this year. One was on a bases-loaded double play and the other on a

bases-loaded error.

Wood allowed only one hit through the first five innings, but

the Diamondbacks made the most of it. Alex Cintron led off the

fourth with a single to center, advanced to second on Luis

Gonzalez's walk and took third on Shea Hillenbrand's fielder's

choice.

Finley then hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Arizona the 1-0

lead.

No game against the Cubs this year would be complete without a

Finley home run, and he didn't disappoint, hitting a solo shot in

the seventh inning.

Finley hit four home runs in his final five at-bats against the

Cubs last week in Arizona, and had another Tuesday night off Sergio

Mitre. He is 3-for-8 with two homers and three RBI in the series --

and there's still one more game to play.

"My history against them has never been good," said Finley,

who has 19 career homers against the Cubs. "They've always

dominated me. I guess the law of averages caught up this time."

Finley can play some defense, too. After Sosa loaded the bases

in the eighth with a four-pitch, two-out walk off Oscar Villarreal,

Alou fouled off four pitches against closer Jose Valverde before

hitting a long fly to center. But Finley chased it down and caught

it on the warning track, ending the threat.

"He just hit it low," Finley said. "If he had any elevation

on it at all, it would have been a grand slam. We just got

fortunate."

Valverde pitched the last four outs for his second save.

"Casey has been close a couple of times, and we couldn't finish

the deal for him," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "I'll tell

you, he was mighty good tonight."Game notes
Wood made an impressive defensive play, making a

behind-the-back grab on Danny Bautista's comebacker. ... Arizona

has won eight of its last 12. ... Alou is 0-for-16 in his last four

games.