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Travis Wood shuts down Cardinals in Cubs’ 2-1 victory

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood delivers during first inning baseball game against St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday May 7 2013

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: May 8, 2013 11:58PM



Is Travis Wood the ace of the Cubs’ pitching staff?

The left-hander, who was one of the last two pitchers to earn a starting job in the spring, shut down the high-scoring St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 victory in the opener of a two-game series.

Wood (3-2) out-dueled previously undefeated Cardinals starter Lance Lynn (5-1), pitching two outs deep into the seventh and allowing only five hits, including a second-inning leadoff homer to Allen Craig.

Lynn’s only trouble came in the fourth, when Nate Schierholtz followed Alfonso Soriano’s two-out single with a two-run homer to center – the only runners to reach scoring position in seven innings against Lynn.



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