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Box > Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 4
Three's a crowd-pleaser
Aramis Ramirez blasted three home runs and Kerry Wood struck out nine as the Cubs topped the Reds to stay 1/2 game back in the Wild Card race.
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Aramis Ramirez (right) is congratulated by Sammy Sosa after Ramirez's homer in the first inning. (Al Behrman/AP)
Starter Josh Hancock worked through several early jams and Felipe Lopez's two-RBI double gave the Reds the lead in the fifth, but Aramis Ramirez's third home run of the game gave the Cubs a series-opening win.
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Ramirez hits three out

Chi Cubs (80-64)
Won 4
Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 4  
Cincinnati (67-79)
Lost 2
September 16, 2004
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Chi Cubs
2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0   5 6 0
0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0   4 5 3
Standings through 9/16/04  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Reds Stats
Patterson, CF4100112.282
Perez, SS4100101.247
Ramirez, 3B5345002.315
Alou, LF2000210.289
Lee, 1B4010011.292
Sosa, RF4000014.259
Walker, 2B4000010.271
Mercker, P0000000.000
Hawkins, P0000000.000
Bako, C4010010.208
Wood, P2000011.154
Grudzielanek, 2B1000010.309

2B: Ramirez (31, Hancock).
HR: Ramirez 3 (33, 1st inning off Hancock, 1 on, 1 out; 5th inning off Hancock, 0 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Wagner, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Ramirez 14; Lee; Bako.
RBI: Ramirez 5 (97).
2-out RBI: Ramirez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sosa, Patterson, Ramirez.
S: Wood.
GIDP: Sosa.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Patterson (31, 2nd base off Valentine/LaRue).

DP: (Wood-Perez-Lee).

Freel, 3B3110113.277
Lopez, SS4012013.254
Casey, 1B4011002.330
Dunn, LF4000012.266
Jimenez, 2B3000120.262
Kearns, RF4000022.224
Pena, CF4110020.252
LaRue, C3110110.248
Hancock, P1100110.083
Wagner, P0000000.000
a-Bragg, PH1000001.188
Valentine, P0000000.000

a-Grounded into a forceout for Wagner in the 7th.

2B: Lopez (15, Wood).
TB: Freel; Lopez 2; Casey; Pena; LaRue.
RBI: Casey (92), Lopez 2 (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kearns, Dunn, Lopez.
GIDP: Casey.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Freel (35, 2nd base off Wood/Bako), Bragg (1, 2nd base off Wood/Bako).

E: Hancock (2, throw), Freel (14, fielding), Casey (8, fielding).
DP: (Jimenez-Lopez-Casey).

Wood (W, 8-7)7.05444903.54
Mercker (H, 13)1.00000102.22
Hawkins (S, 22)1.00000102.54
Hancock 6.25422325.40
Wagner (BS, 3)(L, 3-2)0.11110114.38
Valentine 2.00002406.14

WP: Wood 2, Hancock.
Pitches-strikes: Wood 118-65, Mercker 8-5, Hawkins 10-6, Hancock 91-61, Wagner 7-5, Valentine 39-20.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wood 7-5, Mercker 0-2, Hawkins 0-2, Hancock 9-8, Wagner 0-0, Valentine 0-2.
Batters faced: Wood 29, Mercker 3, Hawkins 3, Hancock 29, Wagner 2, Valentine 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Wagner 1-1.
Ejections: Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker by HP umpire Bill Hohn (7th); Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker by HP umpire Bill Hohn (7th); Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker by HP umpire Bill Hohn (7th).
Umpires: HP: Bill Hohn. 1B: Mark Carlson. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Gary Darling.
Weather: 77 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 9 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:38.
Att: 20,884.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
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