Sosa homered for the third time in as many games, hitting a three-run blast for the second straight day, and even
flexed some muscle with his fifth career homer as the Cubs rolled to a 16-3 rout of the Reds.
It marked the third straight game the Cubs reached double figures in runs against the Reds, totaling 11 homers and 37 runs in that span. Sosa hit a homer in each of those games and all four of his home runs this season have come against Cincinnati.
"Everybody has been swinging the bat excellent and our pitching has been great too," said Sosa, who hit his 500th career home run at Cincinnati on April 4.
Hee Seop Choi
also homered in each of the last three games, giving him four this season.
The Reds had won seven straight games at Wrigley Field, including the opener of this four-game series on Monday before the Cubs erupted over the last three days.
Wood (3-0) pitched five scoreless innings before yielding a two-run homer to
in the sixth. By that time, the Cubs had opened an 11-1 lead. Wood contributed to that lead with a two-run homer in the fifth off
(0-4), who lasted 4 2/3 innings and yielded 10 runs and 10 hits.
Wood was serenaded with chants of "Ker-ry, Kery-ry" after his two-out home run to right-center. His most recent homer was last September 2 against Milwaukee's
"I just tried to get a good swing on it and after I hit it I thought it was an out," Wood said. "But after I rounded first base I heard everybody cheering."
Grudzielanek provided the final blow for the Cubs with a three-run homer off Manzanillo in the sixth inning.
"When you have the guys in the lineup that we have in our lineup, we're gonna score some runs and that puts pressure on the defense," Grudzielanek said. "That's what we've done. If it's not one guy, it another. Everyone is contributing."
"This makes it fun to come to the ballpark every day," Patterson said. "We got a bunch of guys hitting the ball hard. It's contagious now."
The 16 runs were a season high for the Cubs and the most allowed by the Reds since a 16-7 loss to Colorado on August 10, 2001. The Cubs last scored in double figures in three straight days from July 5-7, 2001 - the first against the
New York Mets
and the last two against Pittsburgh.
Wood did not allow a hit through the first three innings while the Cubs scored four runs in the first and two in the third.
After Haynes retired the first two batters, Sosa walked,
singled and Choi walked to load the bases. Patterson and Bellhorn then hit consecutive two-run singles.
Choi homered with one out in the third inning, Patterson followed with a triple and Bellhorn doubled to increase the lead to 6-0.
Dunn hit his sixth home run of the year, tying teammate
for the league lead, in the sixth inning. That was the last inning for Wood, who allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
"We were far enough ahead so that it didn't hurt me so bad," Wood said. "I was just trying to throw strikes with the big lead."
allowed just one hit over the final three innings and was credited with his first career save.
After the game, Cincinnati placed Haynes on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disk and back stiffness.
"I'm just not getting out and completing my pitches," Haynes said. "Today I had no clue where the ball was going. Just a bad day all around. My curveball is the only pitch I could throw decent. I was getting too many pitches up in the zone."