Cubs Sweep Away Mets!

The Cubs got leadoff homeruns in each of the first two innings, and Kerry Wood (13-11) made those two runs stand as he tossed a complete game shutout against the New York Mets Wednesday.

Wood dominated the Mets throughout the game. He retired 18 of the final 19 batters he faced and struck out five in a row at one point. He fanned a total of 11 in the game and walked only one.

The Cubs got the scoring started early. On the fourth pitch of the bottom of the first, Doug Glanville launched a homerun on to Waveland Avenue, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Aramis Ramirez would homer to leadoff the second to give the Cubs their second and final run of the game.

Al Leiter (14-9) had a solid performance for the Mets, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked one in his seven innings of work.

With the win, the Cubs are now only one game behind the Houston Astros, pending the outcome of their game against the Colorado Rockies tonight. Should the Rockies win their next two games, the Cubs and Astros will be in a first place in the Central division. Should Houston win both, however, the Astros would retake their two-game lead in the division.

The Cubs are off on Thursday and return to action on Friday as they are schedule to play a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The first game is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Carlos Zambrano (13-10) will get the ball for the Cubs and will be opposed by Josh Fogg (10-8).

Chad Crunk is a student at the University of Kentucky and can be reached for comment at

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