CINCINNATI (Ticker) --
made a triumphant return from his seven-game suspension but was overshadowed by a brilliant performance by
Sosa belted a 464-foot home run but Wood retired the first 17 batters and finished with a three-hitter as the
The hard-throwing Wood (6-5) did not allow a runner until giving up a single to pinch hitter
with two outs in the sixth. He struck out nine batters without a walk for his first complete game since last September 18 in a 2-1 road loss to the
New York Mets
"I felt real good - two of my pitches were working early," Wood said. "I had my fastball and my curve. They were swinging early in the count and I got a lot of ground balls. I just concentrated on making my pitches and established my fastball. I worked the slider in later."
"He was great," Cubs manager
said of Wood. "He had his stuff together. It was nearly a perfect game. When he gets his pitch count up he struggles, but today he kept it down early in the game and gave my bullpen a break."
Wood improved to 9-2 in 13 career games against the Reds.
"That's a good as it gets, pitching-wise," said Reds first baseman
, who had one of Cincinnati's hits. "You knew that if they got one or two runs, it was going to be enough. He could throw his fastball where he wanted to, and he was mixing in his hard curve and hard slider and he had a good changeup. With what he was throwing, you knew it was going to be a battle just to stay in the game."
The Cubs got on the board against
(1-6) in the fifth.
Making his first start since serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat against Tampa Bay on June 3, Sosa followed Grudzielanek's base hit by crushing Haynes' 2-0 offering off the top of the two-story batters' eye above the television cameras in center field. The ball left a visible dent on the wall. It was Sosa's first homer since May 1 - a span of 69 at-bats - and seventh of the season.
"That ball was up," Haynes said. "It was a slider out over the middle of the plate. If it was away, it might have been a different story. I've gotten him out with it in the past, so he might have been sitting on it."
"It was a good swing," Sosa said. "I don't want to make a big deal of it."
Five of Sosa's seven home runs have come against Cincinnati. He smacked his 500th career homer here on April 4.
"I'd rather play them without Sammy, no doubt," Reds shortstop
said. "He changed the complexion of the game. To go from 1-0 to 3-0 is huge."
Wood, who helped his cause with an RBI groundout that plated
in the sixth, surrendered a home run to Guillen in the seventh. It was Guillen's 12th homer of the campaign.
Sosa drew a mixture of boos and cheers prior to rapping a first-inning single.
"It was great," Sosa said. "The fans were behind me. Some of them had some things to say, but that's part of the game."
"I think some people came out to boo him, but there were a lot of cheers," Casey said. "He made a mistake. Now he has to put it behind him." Sosa said the suspension has given him a fresh perspective on the season.
"My season started today because I can put everything in the past," Sosa said. "It's a situation where you have to fight to deal with it. ... I'm the type of person who likes to go forward and just continue."
Haynes surrendered four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"Jimmy didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he battled," Reds manager
said. "He got that one up to Sammy."