Wood, in his first season with the Cubs after 39 appearances in two years with
the Cincinnati Reds, began the year with losses in his first three decisions
before breaking out with a 2-1 defeat of the crosstown Chicago White Sox in an
interleague game on June 19.
He's since followed the triumph with a pair more, downing the Mets and the
Houston Astros while combining for 14 2/3 scoreless innings of eight-hit ball
with a single walk and 10 strikeouts.
Overall, in the three wins, the 25-year-old Arkansas native has surrendered 12
hits and a run, with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.
Previously, he'd allowed 29 hits and 18 runs in 35 1/3 innings while going 0-3
with three no-decisions in six games.
Wood is 1-2 in four road starts with a 2.66 earned run average.
On Thursday in Atlanta, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each belted two-run
home runs in the bottom of the first inning to help the Braves down the Cubs,
7-3, in the finale of a four-game set at Turner Field.
Geovany Soto broke up Mike Minor's no-hit bid with a solo homer in the fifth
and Reed Johnson added a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh, but the Cubs
lost for just the second time in their last seven contests.
Matt Garza (4-7) absorbed the loss after giving up five runs on five hits -
three home runs - and three walks with six strikeouts over four frames.
In New York, David Wright homered and knocked in four runs, including the
game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Mets edged
the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at
Scott Hairston also hit a home run for New York, which won for the sixth time
in eight games.
Bobby Parnell (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win in
relief of starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed five runs on a career-high tying 11
hits and a walk over seven innings.
Dickey also struck out seven and stretched his unbeaten streak to 14 straight
'It's kind of been our mantra from the beginning,' Dickey said. 'We're going
to fight you, we're not going to give up. We're not going to lay down.'
The Mets open up against the Cubs with lefty Johan Santana, who was on the
losing end of the June 25 matchup against Wood.
Santana, a 33-year-old from Venezuela, took a 6-1 loss after allowing two runs
on five hits in six innings with six strikeouts, a defeat he shook off a start
later with eight innings of scoreless ball in a 5-0 road win against the Los
He is 3-2 in five starts since authoring his signature win of the season, a
no-hitter on June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals that was the first such
gem in Mets franchise history.
In eight starts at Citi Field this year, Santana is 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA.
The Cubs won two of three in a late June series in Chicago and won the season
series in 2011, four games to two. The Mets last won a season series in 2010
when then won four of seven.