Wood, Rizzo Lead the Way as the Cubs Sweep Astros

Break out the brooms, thanks to an outstanding effort from Travis Wood, and timely hitting, again, from Anthony Rizzo the Cubs swept away the Astros on Sunday, it was the Cubs fifth win in their last six games.  After just under an hour rain delay both offenses seemed less than ready to swing the bats as both pitchers were breezing through the early innings.  The Cubs staged a rally in the 6th, Starlin Castro was intentionally walked with Travis Wood at third and one out bring Anthony Rizzo to the plate in a big spot.  Rizzo wasted no time, lacing an RBI single through the right side on a first pitch curve ball to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead, it turned out to be the game winning hit, Rizzo’s third in five games already.  Jeff Baker followed with a double down the left field line that scored Castro and Rizzo all the way from first.  That was more than enough for Travis Wood as he shut out the Astros over 7.2 innings only allowing three hits, while walking none and struck out four.  Wood improved to 3-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.05.  Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 8th save of the season, the third straight in this series.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

FULL BOX SCORE

 

Game Highlights:
Wood’s Double
Wood’s Outstanding Outing
Marmol Closes the Door
Baker’s Two-Run Double
Rizzo’s Game Winning Single 

Thanks for reading,
– George

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