Big Night for Wood as Cubs Beat Diamondbacks

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The start of Monday night’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks was delayed by one hour, one minute because of rain.

But the delay didn’t affect Cubs left-hander Travis Wood, who pitched seven innings of one-run ball and helped his cause with a three-run home run and RBI double to coast to a 5-1 win.

Wood’s homer capped a four-run second inning for the Cubs that started when Starlin Castro hit a single with one out. Welington Castillo hit a single to score Castro, and Ryan Kalish hit a single past second baseman Aaron Hill that preceded Wood’s seventh career homer.

Wood’s double in the fourth preceded a two-out single by Ryan Kalish.

Wood’s shutout bid ended with one out in the seventh when Mark Trumbo smacked a home run. Wood finished with nine strikeouts and no walks in a 107-pitch outing.

Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop pitched the final two innings to close out the win.

Warnings were issued to both teams with two out after Strop’s first pitch to Miguel Montero sailed behind his legs.

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