Cubs make it 11th straight


MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Reuters and AP

The Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday as Kerry Wood allowed just five hits over 6 1/3 innings and helped his cause with a two-run single.

Wood (4-4) gave up two runs, walked two and struck out 10 to win his third straight start as the Cubs matched their longest winning streak since 1970.

Tom Gordon struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save as the majority of the Miller Park record crowd of 42,392 cheered.

Rondell White staked the Cubs to a 1-0 lead with one out in the second inning when he hit Jimmy Haynes’ first pitch over the right-center field fence for his seventh home run.

White also saved a run with one out in the eighth, making sliding catch on Jeromy Burnitz’s sinking line drive down the left-field line.

Joe Girardi singled off Haynes to start the third and Wood sacrificed him to second. One out later, Ricky Gutierrez delivered a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.

Chicago got its final two runs in the fourth. Matt Stairs led off with a double and went to third when White lined out to right. Haynes then got Miguel Cairo to ground out, but walked Gary Matthews Jr.

Matthews stole second and Haynes intentionally walked Girardi to set up a potential double play. But Wood, who entered the game with just three hits and no RBI in 21 at-bats, singled up the middle to plate Stairs and Matthews.

Haynes (5-6) gave up four runs and six hits over five innings as the Brewers had a three-game winning streak snapped.

In other NL games, it was Arizona 4, San Diego 2; Houston 10, Los Angeles 9; Philadelphia 13, Montreal 2; New York 11, Florida 5; Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 1; and Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 1. Sabathia lasts long enough to win at Yankee Stadium C.C. Sabathia stuck around just long enough to win on a wet night at Yankee Stadium. Roberto Alomar and Ellis Burks homered, and Marty Cordova hit a go-ahead single as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees 7-4 Friday night in a game shortened to 5 1/2 innings by rain. In an official scoring oddity, Sabathia got the victory despite pitching only four innings as the starter. Usually, the minimum is five innings. The ruling is allowed in games in which the opposing team bats only five times. The rule had not been applied in the majors since Larry Luebbers got a four-inning victory for St. Louis on Oct. 3, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last AL pitcher to do it was Richie Lewis, who went 4 1-3 innings for Baltimore on July 31, 1992. Sabathia (6-2) pitched at Yankee Stadium for the first time. Ricardo Rincon recorded his first save of the season, pitching the fifth inning for the Indians. The game was called after a wait of 1 hour, 21 minutes. The Indians were busy off the field, too. They activated pitcher Charles Nagy and outfielder Kenny Lofton from the disabled list before the game. After it was over, they traded outfielder Jacob Cruz to the Colorado Rockies for a pair of minor leaguers — catcher Josh Bard and outfielder Jody Gerut. Ted Lilly started for the Yankees in place of Orlando Hernandez, put on the disabled list because of an irritated toe on his left foot. In other AL games, Seattle defeated Tampa Bay 8-4, Baltimore beat Oakland 8-4, Minnesota downed Texas 10-7, Chicago defeated Detroit 3-0, Boston beat Toronto 6-4 in 11 innings and Anaheim topped Kansas City 7-1.