SAN DIEGO — Left-hander Travis Wood was in control on the mound and at the plate for seven innings Saturday night.
Wood allowed two hits until pinch hitter Carlos Quentin crushed a two-run home run with one out in the eighth, but the Chicago Cubs held on for a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Wood’s hit – his fourth of the season, occurred after the Padres intentionally walked Darwin Barney.
Wood (5-4) needed only five pitches to get through the third and sixth innings. After Cabrera’s single, Wood retired the next eight batters. He didn’t walk a batter until issuing a free pass to Yonder Alonso with two out in the fifth.
Wood was aided on defense by first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who scooped two low throws out of the dirt for the final out of the fourth and sixth. Rizzo also made a leaping catch to rob Chase Headley of a hit with one out in the ninth.
The Padres didn’t get another hit until Headley hit a single with one out in the seventh, But Wood retired the next two batters.
With one out in the eighth, Wood walked Yasmani Grandal, and Quentin followed with his second pinch-hit home run and the fifth of his career.
Wood has allowed five hits over his past two starts covering 14 1/3 innings.
Neil Ramirez relieved Wood and struck out Cabrera and Cameron Maybin, and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
The Cubs had five career at-bats against Padres starter Billy Buckner, who was promoted from Triple-A El Paso prior to Saturday night’s game.
The Cubs broke through against Buckner in the top of the fourth. Valbuena drew a walk and moved around the bases on singles by Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz.
In the sixth, Luis Valbuena cranked his third home run of the season, a solo shot that landed inside the right field foul pole.
Schierholtz ripped a double with two out down the right field line. With first base open, the Padres elected to intentionally walk Barney, who collected the Cubs’ first hit in the third, to face Wood.