Wood tries to slow down MetsJul 6, 2012 - 3:01 PM
Wood, in his first season with the Cubs after 39 appearances in two years with the Cincinnati Reds, began the year with losses in his first three decisions before breaking out with a 2-1 defeat of the crosstown Chicago White Sox in an interleague game on June 19.
He's since followed the triumph with a pair more, downing the Mets and the Houston Astros while combining for 14 2/3 scoreless innings of eight-hit ball with a single walk and 10 strikeouts.
Overall, in the three wins, the 25-year-old Arkansas native has surrendered 12 hits and a run, with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.
Previously, he'd allowed 29 hits and 18 runs in 35 1/3 innings while going 0-3 with three no-decisions in six games.
Wood is 1-2 in four road starts with a 2.66 earned run average.
On Thursday in Atlanta, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each belted two-run home runs in the bottom of the first inning to help the Braves down the Cubs, 7-3, in the finale of a four-game set at Turner Field.
Geovany Soto broke up Mike Minor's no-hit bid with a solo homer in the fifth and Reed Johnson added a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh, but the Cubs lost for just the second time in their last seven contests.
Matt Garza (4-7) absorbed the loss after giving up five runs on five hits - three home runs - and three walks with six strikeouts over four frames.
In New York, David Wright homered and knocked in four runs, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Citi Field.
Scott Hairston also hit a home run for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games.
Bobby Parnell (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win in relief of starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed five runs on a career-high tying 11 hits and a walk over seven innings.
Dickey also struck out seven and stretched his unbeaten streak to 14 straight starts.
"It's kind of been our mantra from the beginning," Dickey said. "We're going to fight you, we're not going to give up. We're not going to lay down."
The Mets open up against the Cubs with lefty Johan Santana, who was on the losing end of the June 25 matchup against Wood.
Santana, a 33-year-old from Venezuela, took a 6-1 loss after allowing two runs on five hits in six innings with six strikeouts, a defeat he shook off a start later with eight innings of scoreless ball in a 5-0 road win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He is 3-2 in five starts since authoring his signature win of the season, a no-hitter on June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals that was the first such gem in Mets franchise history.
In eight starts at Citi Field this year, Santana is 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA.
The Cubs won two of three in a late June series in Chicago and won the season series in 2011, four games to two. The Mets last won a season series in 2010 when then won four of seven.
- CHICAGO: 8
NEW YORK: 7
Jul 6 10:31 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Ike Davis singled to right scoring Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy with one out. On the play, David Wright advances to second. Runners on first and second with Lucas Duda due up.
Cubs 8, Mets 7 Bot 9, 1 OutJul 6 10:28 PM
- Ruben Tejada walked. Runner on first with one out and Miguel Batista due up.
Cubs 8, Mets 5 Bot 9, 1 OutJul 6 10:20 PM
- Justin Turner singled to center scoring David Wright with two out. Runner on first and Mike Nickeas due up.
Cubs 8, Mets 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 6 10:02 PM
- Alfonso Soriano singled to right scoring Reed Johnson with one out. Bases loaded and Shawn Camp due up.
Cubs 8, Mets 3 Top 8, 1 OutJul 6 9:47 PM
- Mike Nickeas sacrifice fly to center scored Lucas Duda with two out. Runner on second and Kirk Nieuwenhuis due up.
Cubs 7, Mets 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 6 9:16 PM
- Luis Valbuena singled to right scoring Geovany Soto with one out. On the play, Joe Mather advances to third. Valbuena out at second. Runner on third with two outs and Travis Wood due up.
Cubs 7, Mets 2 Top 5, 2 OutsJul 6 8:48 PM
- Jeff Baker one-out, solo Home Run (3) to left. Geovany Soto due up.
Cubs 6, Mets 2 Top 5, 1 OutJul 6 8:39 PM
- Anthony Rizzo none-out, three-run Home Run (4) to right scored Reed Johnson and Darwin Barney. Alfonso Soriano due up.
Cubs 5, Mets 2 Top 5, 0 OutsJul 6 8:37 PM
- Joe Mather sacrifice fly to center scored Jeff Baker with one out. On the play, Geovany Soto advanced to second. Runner on second and Luis Valbuena due up.
Cubs 2, Mets 2 Top 4, 1 OutJul 6 8:16 PM
- Jeff Baker doubled to center. Runner on second with none out and Geovany Soto due up.
Cubs 1, Mets 2 Top 4, 0 OutsJul 6 8:12 PM
- Lucas Duda one-out, solo Home Run (12) to right. Justin Turner due up.
Cubs 1, Mets 1 Bot 2, 1 OutJul 6 7:41 PM
- Reed Johnson lead-off Home Run (3) to left. Darwin Barney due up.
Cubs 1, Mets 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 6 7:13 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 6 7:13 PM
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