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Wood falls apart late as Pirates have bonanza

5/27/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- With one big inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates
turned a tight ballgame into an easy win.

Josh Fogg outpitched Kerry Wood, and Pittsburgh scored nine runs
in the eighth for a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Fogg was clinging to a one-run lead when he led off the eighth
with a walk. The next six batters also reached safely, and suddenly
the Pirates were in complete control.

"You never expect to get those type of runs, particularly off a
pitching staff as good as Chicago's,'' Pittsburgh manager Lloyd
McClendon said. "We were very fortunate they gave us some walks.''

Jeff Reboulet and pinch-hitter Randall Simon each hit a two-run
single in the big inning, and Cubs pitchers walked in three runs.

Aramis Ramirez had an RBI single, and Brian Giles drove in two
runs with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single that capped the
outburst.

Kenny Lofton, who had two singles and scored twice during the
rally, extended his hitting streak to 24 games -- longest in the NL
this season.

Fogg (2-2), who was activated from the disabled list Monday,
held the Cubs to three hits and didn't allow a runner past second
base. He struck out five and walked three in seven innings.

"I threw a lot of off-speed pitches trying to keep them off
balance,'' Fogg said. "To get one against a guy like (Wood) is a
big thing.''

McClendon thought Fogg was outstanding.

"I never, ever thought he was going to be as sharp as he was
coming back off that layoff,'' McClendon said.

Fogg was lifted for a pinch-hitter when his second turn at bat
came up in the eighth.

"The inning got so long we couldn't send him back out there,''
McClendon said.

Julian Tavarez pitched two innings to finish the five-hitter,
Pittsburgh's second shutout of the season. The Cubs have been
blanked four times.

It was Fogg's first win since April 3, the third game of the
season. He last pitched on April 20 against the Cubs, when he was
removed with pain in his left side and placed on the DL. He had
actually strained his oblique muscle while batting five days
earlier.

Wood (4-3) gave up just one hit and one run in seven innings,
striking out 10. But he was lifted after throwing 113 pitches and
it all fell apart for the Cubs as Pittsburgh sent 14 batters to the
plate in the eighth.

Phil Norton, Juan Cruz and Antonio Alfonseca combined to give up
six hits, four walks and a hit batsman in the eighth. The nine runs
were the most scored by the Pirates in an inning since June 12,
2001.

Wood was occasionally wild and it hurt him. He walked four, hit
a batter and threw two wild pitches. The Pirates scored their only
run off him on one of those wild pitches.

The Cubs were coming off a 13-game road trip, and Wood said he
noticed a difference in the pitching mound.

"I think they came in and shaved off the slope, making it a
little flatter,'' he said, adding that maybe the Cubs relievers
didn't have time to adjust to the change.

But Cruz said he didn't see anything different.

"It was just a bad day,'' he said.

It was the fourth time this season Wood had double-digit
strikeouts, and he leads the majors with 89.

Wood has lost twice in a row to Pittsburgh and is winless in his
last five starts, dating to April 29 at San Francisco. He is stuck
on 49 career wins.

The crowd of 40,225 was the largest this season at Wrigley
Field.

Game notes
Giles went 1-for-2, walked three times and scored twice.
... The Pirates blanked Philadelphia 2-0 on April 6. ... Wood has
three no-decisions -- all games the Cubs eventually won -- and two
losses since his last victory.