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Wood overcomes rocky first inning in 4-2 win over Brewers

The Brewers' Mark Reynolds is forced out by Luis ValbuenSunday Wrigley Field.  |  Getty Images

The Brewers' Mark Reynolds is forced out by Luis Valbuena Sunday at Wrigley Field. | Getty Images

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Updated: May 18, 2014 4:17PM

Travis Wood couldn’t find the strike zone in the first inning Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. But innings two through seven were a different story for the Cubs lefty.

Wood didn’t walk another Brewer — and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth — and was rewarded in a 4-2 victory that gave the Cubs the rubber game of the three-game series,

It was only their second series win of the season.

After issuing three walks in the first, Wood retired 11 straight before Logan Schafer doubled with one out in the fifth. Wood struck out opposing starter Marco Estrada (3-2) but Rickie Weeks followed with a long home run.

Those two runs were the only ones Wood allowed as he improved to 4-4 overall, striking out seven in seven innings.

The Cubs scored two in the second on Welington Castillo’s two-run homer (5th), added another in the third on consecutive doubles by Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena and one more when Mike Olt homered leading the fourth.

Olt’s homer was his ninth, the most by a National League rookie so far.

Cubs righthander Brian Schliter retired the NL Central Division-leading Brewers in order in the eighth. Hector Rondon surrendered a double to Ryan Braun leading the ninth but he retired the next three to earn his fifth save.

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