MIAMI (AP) – Derrek Lee hit his 26th homer in his return to the lineup, Todd Walker homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Florida Marlins 8-2 on Saturday night.

Kerry Wood (2-2) scattered six hits – including Jeff Conine’s solo homer – in 7 2-3 innings for his first win in 2 months. Chicago won its second straight following an eight-game losing streak.

Lee, second in the majors to Atlanta’s Andruw Jones in homers, returned after missing three games because of irritation in his left shoulder. His solo shot off rookie Scott Olsen in the fourth gave him 68 RBIs.

Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was hit in the head by the first pitch he faced in the major leagues in the ninth. Pinch hitting for Will Ohman, who relieved Wood in the eighth, Greenberg had no chance to get out of the way of Valerio de los Santos’ first pitch, which struck him on the side of the helmet.

Greenberg was given a warm ovation from the crowd of 22,863 when he got up after remaining on the ground for several minutes and walked off the field.

Marlins manager Jack McKeon was ejected by third base umpire Jerry Layne when he came out to argue Ed Montague’s ruling of a fair ball on Jerry Hairston’s tying RBI double off Guillermo Mota (1-2) with two outs in the seventh.

Walker followed with his third homer of the season to put Chicago ahead 4-2. He added an RBI double in the ninth and Jose Macias hit a two-run double off Jim Mecir to make it 7-2. Michael Barrett’s run-scoring single to increased the Cubs’ lead to six.

No rain fell during the game, which was played with a 26 mph wind blowing from right field to left in the wake of Hurricane Dennis moving up the Gulf of Mexico.

Wood, who last won on April 24, a 5-2 win in Pittsburgh, struck out four in his third start since returning from a right shoulder strain.

After Lee’s homer put the Cubs up 1-0, Conine tied it on his second homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch from Wood leading off the fifth. The Marlins took a 2-1 lead later in the inning on Juan Pierre’s two-out RBI single.

Olsen held Chicago to four hits in six innings in his third major league start.

Notes: The game began with three umpires because of the late arrival of Casey Moser, a replacement for Paul Emmel, who had to attend to personal matters. Moser, a Pacific Coast League umpire, arrived in the fifth inning and took over at second base from Layne, who moved to third. … Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano pinch ran for Greenberg and scored on Walker’s RBI double. … Conine started in right field in place of Juan Encarnacion, who was hit by a pitch on his left forearm in the ninth inning of Friday’s 9-6 loss. Encarnacion said he was available to hit.

AP-ES-07-09-05 2055EDT


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