Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 5
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Game 2: Saturday, September 6
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Game 3: Sunday, September 7
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Cubs 10

(76-67, 39-32 away)

Brewers 2

(62-80, 29-43 home)

    2:05 PM ET, September 7, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: K. Wood (12-11)

    L: D. Davis (6-7)

    Wood strikes out six in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kerry Wood felt right at home.

    With a sellout crowd made up mostly of Cubs fans cheering him on at Miller Park, Wood won for the first time in a month. He gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out six to raise his major league-leading total to 234 as Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Sunday.

    Combined with Houston's 7-1 loss to San Diego on Sunday, the win gives the Cubs a half-game lead in the NL Central.

    The Cubs are 7-0 in Milwaukee this season, and fans driving up from Chicago helped the Brewers sell out all three games over the weekend.

    Sammy Sosa hit a solo homer and Randall Simon homered twice and drove in five runs.

    "That's about as close as you're going to get to a home crowd feeling being on the road," Wood said. "The fans are great. They come out and support us, and I think it's great."

    Wood (12-11), had three losses in five starts since an Aug. 6 win over San Diego.

    Sosa hit his 34th home run to lead off the seventh for a 7-2 lead. After Aramis Ramirez singled, Simon followed with his second homer and 15th of the season. Both homers were off reliever Leo Estrella.

    Simon's homer in the third gave Chicago a 5-0 lead.

    "It was one of the rare times, lately, we've gotten some runs for Woody early," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "He held them to two runs. Two quality outings in a row for him. His confidence is growing, and I can just see him getting better down the stretch.

    Doug Davis (2-1), 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his first four starts for Milwaukee, allowed five runs on four hits in four innings. One of those was Simon's homer in the third.

    "It was probably a pitch I shouldn't have thrown, that I would like back," Davis said. "I pretty much threw it right down the middle for him. I just said, 'Here, hit it.' And he hit it."

    The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a groundout by Sosa and a sacrifice fly by Ramirez that was dropped by left fielder Brooks Kieschnick for an error.

    Kieschnick was making his first major league start in the outfield. Sosa's grounder scored Tom Goodwin, who opened the game with a walk, and Tony Womack, who doubled, came home on the fly ball.

    Milwaukee made it 5-1 in the fourth inning on a double by Bill Hall and Richie Sexson's 38th homer to lead off the sixth made it 5-2.

    Game notes

    Milwaukee has won 14 of its last 19 games. ... Wood hit 2B Keith Ginter with a pitch the first two times he batted. Ginter has been struck 15 times this year. ... The five RBI tied Simon's career high. ... The Brewers had a crowd of 42,127, their third consecutive sellout as the series drew 131,254 fans, most of them from Chicago.

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