A cut finger didn't stop Kerry Wood from cutting down the Cincinnati Reds.
The 20-year-old strikeout sensation fanned eight and pitched six shutout innings to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Reds 10-1 Sunday.Wood (5-2) allowed only two hits before leaving after the sixth inning because of a small cut on the index finger of his pitching hand, which he injured while opening a soft drink can two days ago.
"Kerry did a very good job," Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said. "We've kind of gotten spoiled. We're expecting greatness every time out, and this time we only got very good."
Wood fell two strikeouts shy of Dwight Gooden's NL record of 41 over three starts. The rookie right-hander tied Roger Clemens' major league record with 20 strikeouts on May 6 and struck out 13 more last Monday in Arizona to set a major league mark for strikeouts in two games.
"He's amazing because he gets the hometown fans pulling for him," said Mark Grace, who homered and drove in three runs for the Cubs. "It's fun to play behind him."
CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 4: At St. Louis, torrid Brian Jordan had a career-high five hits and drove in four runs as the Cardinals defeated the slumping Florida Marlins.
Jordan went 5-for-5, including a two-run homer in the first. He also had run-scoring singles in the third and the fourth, a single in the sixth and a bad-hop double off third baseman Todd Zeile's glove in the eighth.
Over his last nine games, Jordan is hitting .515 (17-for-33) with four home runs and 11 RBIs.
ASTROS 8, BRAVES 1: At Houston, Sean Bergman allowed three hits in eight innings and Moises Alou had four RBIs as the Astros handed John Smoltz his first loss.
ROCKIES 2, BREWERS 1: At Denver, Mike Lansing and Jeff Reed homered, and Jamey Wright pitched eight strong innings as the Colorado Rockies snapped a six-game losing streak.
DODGERS 6, EXPOS 3: At Los Angeles, new Dodger Bobby Bonilla drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight day and Raul Mondesi had three hits in a victory over Montreal.
Gary Sheffield, acquired by the Dodgers on Friday along with Bonilla and two others, singled twice and drove in a run.
PADRES 3, PHILLIES 1: At San Diego, Tony Gwynn got his 1,000th career RBI and Steve Finley homered as the Padres beat Curt Schilling for 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. He homered off Schilling's first pitch with two out in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Gwynn had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh for his 1,000th career RBI.
GIANTS 4, METS 2: At San Francisco, Mark Gardner bounced back from a rough outing by pitching 61/3 strong innings against the New York Mets.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, PIRATES 2: At Phoe-nix, Matt Williams had three hits and two RBIs, and Andy Benes got his first victory in over a month as Arizona beat Pittsburgh.
Benes (3-3) went seven innings, giving up two runs and nine hits, for his first win since April 16.
RANGERS 1, INDIANS 0: Aaron Sele earned his major league-leading seventh victory and Texas avoided a three-game sweep at Cleveland.
BLUE JAYS 4, MARINERS 3: Jose Canseco singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Toronto over Seattle at SkyDome.
RED SOX 5, ROYALS 3: Rookie Lou Merloni hit an RBI single during a three-run sixth inning that gave Boston a three-game sweep.
TIGERS 4, ANGELS 3: Joe Randa's homer started a three-run rally in the eighth inning that led Detroit past slumping Anaheim.
The Tigers have won four of five. The visiting Angels have lost nine of 13.
DEVIL RAYS 7, ORIOLES 3: Fred McGriff hit a two-run double during a five-run eighth inning and Tampa Bay won at Camden Yards.
The Devil Rays beat Baltimore for the fourth straight time. The Orioles have lost four in a row overall.
ATHLETICS 9, WHITE SOX 7: Mike Blowers' grand slam highlighted a six-run comeback in the eighth inning as Oakland won at Chicago.
Blowers hit his seventh career slam on the first pitch from Bill Simas (0-1), tying it at 7. Scott Spiezio singled home the go-ahead run.