SAN DIEGO — Travis Wood pitched most of the game Saturday like he was back to 2013 All-Star form as the Cubs beat the Padres 3-2 at Petco Park.
Wood (5-4) allowed just three hits, including a two-run homer to pinch hitter Carlos Quentin in the eighth that was the only significant flaw in an otherwise brilliant start.
In fact, until Chase Headley’s line single with one out in the seventh, the only hit Wood allowed was a chopper from the first batter of the game, Everth Cabrera. It was hit so high that Wood had no play.
Wood has won three consecutive starts since allowing eight runs in a four-inning start against the White Sox on May 7, going 20 1/3 innings.
The victory Saturday was the Cubs’ fifth in their last seven games.
If not for a blown save Wednesday against the Yankees, the Cubs would be trying for their fourth consecutive series win Sunday.
As it is, they’ve assured three consecutive series without losing one for the first time since three in a row last July (with a win against the White Sox in a makeup game thrown into that stretch).
The Cubs scored once in the fifth on Nate Schierholtz’s one-out single. They got two more in the sixth on a homer by Luis Valbuena and a two-out, run-scoring single by Wood.