Cincinnati (5-4) at Chicago (6-4)

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  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Sat Apr 17, 2004
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Kerry Wood looks to resume his domination of Cincinnati when the Chicago Cubs continue a four-game series with the Reds at Wrigley Field.

The hard-throwing right-hander has been at his best against division rival Cincinnati, posting an 11-2 mark with a 2.56 ERA in 16 career starts, striking out 140 over 105 2-3 innings.

In his last start, Wood tied a team record with seven straight strikeouts and finished with 11—despite a cut on his pitching hand—to lead Chicago over Atlanta 10-2 on Sunday.

“I have a better feel (on the mound),” Wood said. “I have known what I wanted to do in the past. It was a matter of feeling the consistency and how I let go of the ball. I’m actually feeling what I want to do with the ball and with my mechanics. That’s been the difference for me. It’s experience.”

Wood, who led the majors with 266 strikeouts last year, has struck out at least 10 in 38 career games.

Chicago shoots for its fourth straight win after rallying to beat the Reds 11-10 in Friday’s series opener.

With the Cubs trailing 10-9, Sammy Sosa led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a homer to right-center—his 512th with the Cubs, tying Hall of Famer Ernie Banks for the club record.

Seconds later, Moises Alou sent a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center to end it, finishing 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Reds will be trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season against a pitcher they’ve hit just .184 against.

The bullpen is hoping to bounce back as well, as Reds relievers blew their second game in a row after a near perfect start to the season.

The Reds led 10-7 going into the eighth when Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run off reliever Todd Jones.

“We’ve got to hold that lead,” Jones said. “We just didn’t do it today. We’ll get it done, it just didn’t happen today.”

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12-12 Record 8-9
4.90 ERA 3.72
126 K 144
61 BB 51
1.35 WHIP 1.27