Wood earns a victory against Expos for first time

MONTREAL (AP) -- Sammy Sosa was probably the only person at
Olympic Stadium who didn't see how far his latest homer went.

Sosa and Fred McGriff hit consecutive home runs and Kerry Wood
pitched six scoreless innings Monday night to lead the Chicago Cubs
over the Montreal Expos 6-4.

Sosa hit his sixth homer of the season in the fifth inning off
Carl Pavano (1-2), a drive that struck a cable 120 feet above the
left-field wall, and added an RBI double that chased the starter in
the seventh.

"That's probably the longest homer I've ever seen," said
Pavano, who was victimized for Mark McGwire's 70th homer on the
last day of the 1998 season.

Sosa didn't follow the flight of the ball as it rose above the
160-foot-high concrete rim that surrounds Olympic Stadium before
descending and striking midway up one of two cables from which hang
a pair of speakers above the left-field wall.

"I don't like to show up the pitcher or the other team," Sosa
said. "I just hit the ball and do what I do, and run the bases. I
just hit it, trying to go out of the ballpark, not trying to hit a
speaker. But what can you do? If it's a home run, it's a home

McGriff drew a bases-loaded walk in the third and followed Sosa
in the fifth with his first homer of the season, putting Chicago
ahead 3-0.

"I had a chance to look at that one," Sosa said. "That was a
pretty good swing right there. That was a long way to go."

Moises Alou, who missed the first two weeks of the season
because of a strained right calf, was 0-for-4 in his Cubs' debut.
He struck out twice and grounded into an inning-ending double play
with the bases loaded in the third.

"He's going to get opportunities to drive in runs -- that's what
he's done all his life," Cubs manager Don Baylor said. "We're
just trying to get him game-ready. We didn't need him tonight, but
we will."

On the 25th anniversary of the Expos' first game at Olympic
Stadium, Montreal drew 4,917. The Expos, who played their first
eight seasons at Jarry Park, lost to Philadelphia 7-2 on April 15,
1977, before a crowd of 57,592.

Wood (2-0) scattered three hits to lower his ERA to 1.50 as the
Cubs won consecutive games for the first time this season.

The 24-year-old right-hander left after pitching a perfect sixth
inning. He was struck on the left elbow by Peter Bergeron's one-hop
infield single with two outs in the fifth.

"Probably my best inning was the inning after I got hit," Wood
said. "I didn't throw too many pitches that inning and got some
ground balls, but I was really having trouble getting my left arm
up in my delivery to deliver the pitch, and I think that's why they
went ahead and took me out of the game."

Antonio Alfonseca hit a two-run single with two out and the
bases loaded in the ninth, his first hit and RBI in 10 career

"I didn't see where the ball went," Alfonseca said. "When I
did see it, I said, 'Oh -- run!"'

Alfonseca, who entered with runners at first and third and no
outs in the eighth, finished for his second save, allowing an RBI
double to Lee Stevens in the ninth.

Jose Vidro hit two-run double off in the seventh off Jeff
Fassero, and Henry Rodriguez had an RBI grounder off Alfonseca in
the eighth.

Pavano allowed four runs, 10 hits and three walks in six-plus

Game notes
Alou started in left field and batted fifth after activated
from the 15-day disabled list. He went 5-for-8 (.625) with a double
and two RBIs during a two-game rehab assignment with Class-A
Daytona. ... Wood, who made his major league debut at Olympic
Stadium on April 12, 1998, got his first win in six career starts
against Montreal. ... Rodriguez made his first start of the season.
... The Expos recalled 2B Henry Mateo from Triple-A Ottawa. Mateo,
who played five games with Montreal last season, hit .256
(10-for-39) in nine games with the Lynx. LHP Ed Vosberg was sent
outright to Ottawa, leaving the Expos with 11 pitchers.