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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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Chi Cubs (80-64)
Won 4
Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 4  
Cincinnati (67-79)
Lost 2
September 16, 2004
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0   5 6 0
Cincinnati
0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0   4 5 3
Standings through 9/16/04  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Reds Stats
Chi. CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals345654811 

BATTING
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.

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

FIELDING
DP: (Wood-Perez-Lee).

 
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals3145341113 

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

BATTING
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.

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

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

 
Chi. CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wood (W, 8-7)7.05444903.54
Mercker (H, 13)1.00000102.22
Hawkins (S, 22)1.00000102.54
 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
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.

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