San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Welington Castillo clubbed a tie-breaking
solo homer in the seventh to back a solid all-around effort from starter
Travis Wood, as the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the San
Francisco Giants with a 2-1 triumph Sunday at AT&T Park.
Wood (7-7) struck out seven while yielding an unearned run on four hits and
four walks over seven stellar frames to notch the victory.
The 26-year-old left-hander also homered and finished with two of the five
hits for the Cubs, who secured their first three-game sweep of the Giants in
San Francisco since Sept. 13-15, 1993.
Tim Lincecum (5-11) took a hard-luck loss after giving up two runs on four
hits with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.
Lincecum collected two of San Francisco's five hits while Pablo Sandoval
plated the lone run of the game for the Giants, who have lost seven of their
last eight games.
With his offense struggling to put anything together over the first four
frames, Wood took matters into his own hands in the fifth when he lifted a
drive into the left-field seats to break a scoreless tie.
San Francisco answered in the home half, as Lincecum led off with a single
before Andres Torres reached when his grounder to third was booted by Luis
Marco Scutaro followed with a single to load the bases, but Wood got Buster
Posey to ground into a 5-2 double play.
The Cubs' left-hander was unable to escape unscathed however, as Sandoval
scorched a double to left to score Scutaro and tie the game at 1-1.
Castillo picked up his batterymate in the seventh, when he launched a two-out
solo shot into the bleachers in left to give the Cubs a 2-1 edge.
Wood then retired the Giants in order in the home half before Pedro Strop spun
a scoreless eighth to get the ball to Chicago closer Kevin Gregg, who retired
the first two hitters in the ninth before walking pinch-hitter Kensuke Tanaka.
With pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco at the plate, Tanaka swiped second and alertly
moved to third when Castillo's throw skipped into center field.
However, Gregg left Tanaka stranded 90 feet away when he got Blanco to pop out
to shortstop to nail down his 22nd save of the season.
San Francisco went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and finished the
series a woeful 4-for-23 with RISP ... The Giants have gone eight straight
games without hitting a home run ... Wood improved to 1-2 in five career
starts against the Giants ... San Francisco wrapped up a 10-game homestand at
3-7 ... Chicago finished a 10-game roadtrip at 6-4.
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