Sosa Fuels Cubs to Victory

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Sammy Sosa drove in five runs to lift the Chicago Cubs to a much-needed 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday. Kerry Wood, in his first start in two months to the date, went five innings and allowed one run on three hits to close out the first half of the 2004 season and thankfully the Cubs' last trip to the hellish Busch Stadium.

The Cubs jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a three-run homer by Sosa in the third inning off Cardinal starter Chris Carpenter, and a two-run single in the fourth. Jim Edmonds homered for St. Louis' only run of the night off Wood (4-3).

Michael Barrett added a solo homer and an RBI single to cap off the Cubs' scoring. Carpenter (9-4) took the loss, losing for only the second time at Busch Stadium this year. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs on nine hits while striking out six.

LaTroy Hawkins once again stumbled in the ninth. He allowed an Albert Pujols RBI single and sac flies by Mike Matheny and the pesky Tony Womack.

The Cubs will meet the Cardinals again at Wrigley Field in just over a week, June 19-20. They'll resume play on Thursday by welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to Wrigley for the first time this season. The Cubs also activated LHP Mike Remlinger from the 15-day DL Sunday. To make room for both Wood and Remlinger, the Cubs sent RHPs Michael Wuertz and Jon Leicester back to Triple-A Iowa.

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