Wood leaves after second inning

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For Kerry Wood, Dodger Stadium has been a

chamber of horrors.

Chicago's All-Star right-hander gave up second-inning homers to

Adrian Beltre and rookie Jason Grabowski before hurting his arm,

and Los Angeles beat the Cubs 7-3 on Tuesday night for its fifth

straight victory.

Wood, who struck out more than 200 batters in each of the

previous three seasons after undergoing reconstructive elbow

surgery in April 1999, didn't come out for the third inning because

of tightness in his triceps.

"I didn't want to come out of the game. I felt like I could

have continued to pitch," Wood said. "I mean, it didn't kill me

out there, but it's not something you want to play around with in


"For the last three years, I've made all my starts and haven't

had any problems with anything. So it's better just to nip this in

the bud now and give it time to rest, instead of trying to pitch

through it and make it worse."

The last time Wood (3-3) pitched in Los Angeles, on Aug. 3,

2001, he beat the Dodgers 2-1 with eight innings of three-hit ball

-- and spent the next month and three days on the disabled list with

tendinitis in his shoulder.

In his only other start at Dodger Stadium, Wood lasted only 2

2-3 innings and allowed seven runs in a 12-4 loss on Apr. 24, 1998.

This time, he threw 38 pitches and was charged with three runs --

two earned -- and three hits before Glendon Rusch relieved him.

"I was just trying to get through that second inning," Wood

said. "I didn't really feel like I had a whole lot of command of

what I was doing, as far as location and stuff."

Beltre, who entered the game with a major league-leading .385

average, led off with his 10th homer -- an opposite-field drive to

right-center that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

"He's done it every night, it seems like," winning pitcher

Jeff Weaver said. "Anytime he comes up with runners on base, we

feel like they're going to come around and score. Whether he's

seventh, fifth or third in the lineup, he's going to be productive.

Hopefully, he just keeps rolling."

Grabowski, starting in left field because of Dave Roberts'

strained right hamstring, homered into the right-field pavilion two

batters later on a 1-0 pitch after Juan Encarnacion reached on a

throwing error by third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

The Dodgers, whose 21-10 record is the best in the NL, battered

Rusch for four runs and eight hits over the next three innings to

take a 7-1 lead. The offense was a welcomed sight for Weaver (2-4),

who had only four runs of support in his previous three outings --

all losses.

"Anytime you get a lead, you get more relaxed and more

confident," Weaver said. "You can be more aggressive and not

worry about the minimal mistakes that go along with the course of

the game. I knew things would change with the run support. We're

playing too well for it not to."

Weaver pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and six hits and

striking out seven -- including Sammy Sosa three times, leaving the

six-time All-Star one home run shy of tying Mike Schmidt for ninth

place on the career list at 548.

Rusch got through his first inning unscathed, but gave up hits

to four of his first five batters in the fourth with three runs

scoring, two on a bases-loaded single by Paul Lo Duca. Cesar

Izturis scored when Milton Bradley grounded into a forceout. Alex

Cora made it 7-1 in the fifth with an RBI single.

Chicago's Ramon Martinez opened the scoring in the second with

an RBI double after Michael Barrett was hit by a pitch with two


Todd Walker of the Cubs led off the second with a double,

advanced to third on Sosa's single and continued home when the ball

popped out of right fielder Encarnacion's hand as he cocked his arm

to throw.Game notes
Dodgers C Todd Hundley underwent successful surgery on his

left hip Tuesday while continuing to rehab from a back operation.

... LHP Kazuhisa Ishii's scheduled start on Wednesday was pushed

back to Friday by the Dodgers because of soreness in the cartilage

that's attached to the left side of his sternum. ... Cubs RHP Mark

Prior, recovering from inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon

and a sore elbow, will receive his diploma from the University of

Southern California during Friday's commencement exercises.