Series: Game 3 of 3

Florida won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Chicago 1Final
Florida 11
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Chicago 7Final
Florida 9
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
Chicago 6Final
Florida 2

Cubs 6

(34-48, 18-25 away)

Marlins 2

(43-41, 24-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    CHC 002010012 6 - -
    FLA 001001000 2 - -

    W: K. Wood (8-5)

    L: R. Dempster (5-8)

    Wood wins for second time in six starts

    MIAMI (AP) -- Kerry Wood put a bad month behind him and once again displayed the dominant stuff that has made him a winner.

    Fred McGriff

    Kerry Wood

    Wood won for only the second time in six starts and Fred McGriff homered for the second straight game as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Florida Marlins 6-2 Wednesday night.

    Wood, who went 1-2 with two no-decisions in June, allowed two runs and three hits in six innings to help the Cubs win for the second time in nine games. Wood (8-5) struck out five and also had an RBI single.

    "I went at guys tonight and stayed aggressive,'' Wood said after his final start before the All-Star break. "Hopefully, I'll feel strong when I come back and we'll have a better second half.''

    The Cubs (34-48) are in fifth place in the NL Central, 11 games behind St. Louis.

    McGriff's solo homer in the seventh off Vic Darrensbourg gave Chicago a 4-2 lead. It was McGriff's 16th homer of the season and 464th of his career. He also homered in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Florida's Ryan Dempster remained winless in his career against the Cubs, dropping to 0-5 in seven starts with a 5.79 ERA. Dempster (5-8) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

    The Marlins have lost seven of 11.

    After scoring 20 runs and getting 28 hits in the first two games, the Marlins were shut down by Wood, who looked more like the pitcher who went 4-1 in six starts in May than the one who struggled in June.

    "That was the best stuff he has had all year,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said. "The power fastball really helped his curve. He pitched us out of some jams tonight.''

    Wood overpowered the Marlins with his fastball, clocked at 97 mph, and he mixed in a wicked curve and slider.

    "He gets a lot of bite on his curve, and then he comes back with that fastball,'' Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell said. "That's a pretty lethal combination. I don't see how he's 8-5.''

    Dempster, who hadn't lost at home since April 24, ran into control problems with the Marlins trailing 2-1 in the third. He struck out Sammy Sosa with runners on first and second and no outs, but then gave up consecutive walks to McGriff and Roosevelt Brown to force in a run.

    "Overall, I thought I threw OK, but I do wish I could have some pitches back,'' Dempster said.

    The Cubs scored twice in the third. Mark Bellhorn led off with a triple and scored on Wood's single. Wood took second on Corey Patterson's single, went to third on Bill Mueller's bunt and scored on Sosa's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

    The Marlins loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but managed just one run. Wood's wild pitch with two out allowed Luis Castillo to score to make it 2-1.

    The Cubs scored again in the fifth, but missed another run when Mueller was late tagging from third on a fly ball.

    Brown walked with the bases loaded, forcing in Patterson from third for a 3-1 Chicago lead. With one out, Alex Gonzalez hit a fly to deep center. Mueller trotted home, and Brown bolted for second. Eric Owens threw quickly to second, and shortstop Andy Fox applied the tag on Brown for the third out before Mueller crossed home.

    Baylor pleaded for the run, but home plate umpire Paul Emmel was decisive that Mueller crossed home after Brown was thrown out at second.

    Florida pulled to 3-2 in the sixth on Kevin Millar's RBI single.

    McGriff made it a 4-2 game in the eighth, and the Cubs added two runs in the ninth off Oswaldo Mairena on an RBI triple by Mueller and Sosa's run-scoring double.

    "They whacked our bullpen around at the end,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "We didn't do enough offensively. When you only get four hits, it's tough to win.''

    Game notes

    The game was delayed 15 minutes as the Marlins paid tribute to Castillo's recent 35-game hitting streak. The stadium video screen replayed highlights of the streak, which was the longest in the majors since 1987. ...Wood hit Fox in the third inning and Millar in the fourth. Wood has hit 12 batters this season, most in the NL ...Millar has been hit by a pitch in four of his last six games.

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