Wood pitches seven strong, adds a homer in Cubs’ 2-1 win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2013 6:17PM
Updated: July 31, 2013 5:47PM
SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Wood returned to All-Star form on the mound for seven impressive innings Sunday, and delivered a home run off a Cy Young winner, as the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 to close out a three-game sweep of the 2012 World Series winners.
After a 10-game road trip, the Cubs return to Wrigley Field for the first time in more than two weeks Monday, having won six games and losing two big players to trades (Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano).
With three more days until the non-waiver trade deadline and at least two or three more trades expected.
Wood (7-7), who had a rough finish to his first start since his trip to the All-Star game, rebounded to strike out seven and allow just an unearned run over his seven innings Sunday.
He gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with a two-out homer in the fifth off two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum – who pitched seven strong innings in his second start since a 148-pitch no-hitter.
After the Giants tied the score in the bottom of the fifth, with the help of a fielding error by third baseman Luis Valbuena, catcher Welington Castillo put the Cubs back into the lead with a two-out homer off Lincecum in the seventh.
Closer Kevin Gregg earned his third save in as many days.