PHILADELPHIA – Anybody remember who the Cubs’ All-Star was last year?
Travis Wood offered an overpowering reminder Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, flirting with a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the way to eight scoreless innings and a 3-0 victory over the Phillies.
It was the best start of the season for Wood (7-5), who has struggled much of the year as he has tried to backup an All-Star 2013 season.
It gave the Cubs their first road series win of the season – first since Sept. 9-11 in Cincinnati. They’re 3-4 during this 10-game trip, which finishes in Miami starting Monday.
After walking the leadoff man in the first, Wood retired 12 straight batters and didn’t allow a hit in the game until Ben Revere singled to right with one out in the sixth.
He allowed just three singles and three walks in the 112-pitch performance.
Anthony Rizzo hit his 14th homer of the season with two out in the first for the early lead, and Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz added run-scoring hits in the third and sixth innings.