The left-hander hasn't helped himself in his two career starts against the Miami Marlins and will try to end those woes while helping the Cubs extend their first win streak of the season Saturday night.
Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA) has given up three runs or fewer and pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season, but has been given only a combined four runs of support. He got two runs in Cincinnati on Monday but exited a tied game in the seventh inning of a 5-4 loss.
This time, he'll get to face the team with the worst record in the majors but Wood is 0-2 with a 16.88 ERA in his two starts against the Marlins (5-18), easily his worst against any opponent. Neither of those starts were in Miami, including a 9-5 loss for the Cubs on July 17.
Wood was charged with eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings in that game but will take on a club that's batted .189 while going 2-9 at home. That's played a significant part in the Marlins matching their worst start in franchise history.
Miami is also the only remaining team in the majors that hasn't recorded back-to-back wins.
"We just have to keep talking to them," manager Mike Redmond said. "If they see me starting to panic, then that puts more pressure on everybody else. I'm not that way."
After scoring 15 runs in the first six of 10 consecutive road games, the Cubs (8-14) have produced a combined eight in their first two in Miami. Florida native Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs in Friday's 4-2 victory and recent addition Kevin Gregg converted his second straight save opportunity.
"You can say it as many times as you want, but winning is so much more fun than losing," pitcher Scott Feldman said. "Hopefully this is a start to a little hot streak here and we can keep playing well."
Rizzo's eight home runs in April are a franchise record for a left-handed hitter. He also has team-best 18 RBIs despite hitting just .200.
"It's all about production and that's what I'm supposed to do. After yesterday, it means a lot," said Rizzo, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the series opener and was 1 for 20 before Friday's win.
While seeking to provide a more consistent effort, Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09) will try to help the Marlins avoid a season high-tying fourth straight home loss and their third in a row overall. The right-hander gave up five runs over six-plus innings in a 10-6 defeat in Cincinnati on Sunday.
He allowed three of those during an eight-run seventh, which he was forced to pitch because of a tired bullpen.
"He did everything he could; I could not ask anything more from him," Redmond told the team's website.
Sanabia was on the wrong end of a 2-0 result in his only start against the Cubs on Sept. 17, 2010. He gave up two runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in that game.
|April 14, 2013||Steve Clevenger||60-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|April 13, 2013||Steve Clevenger||Day-to-Day||Left oblique injury|
|April 13, 2013||Kyuji Fujikawa||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm|
|March 31, 2013||Darwin Barney||15-Day DL||Left knee laceration|
|March 31, 2013||Scott Baker||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|March 31, 2013||Darwin Barney||15-Day DL||Left knee laceration|
|April 17, 2013||Adeiny Hechavarria||15-Day DL||Bruised left elbow|
|April 13, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Groin|
|April 12, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 31, 2013||Alfredo Silverio||60-Day DL||Sprained right elbow|
MIAMI (AP) -- David DeJesus impacted the game with his first and last at-bat.
After doubling and scoring a run to lead-off the game, DeJesus hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to help lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the struggling Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
"I was able to get the fastball that I wanted and hit it up the middle and not try to do too much with it," DeJesus said. "After I hit it I yelled to the dugout like, `Yeah!' We needed that little separation. ... Definitely a good win."
Travis Wood (2-1) pitched six innings allowing two runs and struck out five for Chicago, which has won four of five.
"Travis was really good," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He gave up a couple home runs but other than that he's as good as he's been."
Three relievers held the lead to get to Kevin Gregg , who pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
"The bullpen's been unbelievable this entire road trip," Sveum said. "They did it again tonight."
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of the season, an estimated 472-foot drive over the left-field scoreboard off of Wood.
"Normally I do not like watching, them, I get mad," Wood said, "but as soon as he hit it I said, `That one is going to go a ways.' So, I watched that one."
It was the longest home run hit by a Miami player in Marlins Park history.
"I guess if you're going to give them up you don't want to give up any cheapies," Sveum said. "That was about as far as I've seen a ball hit."
It was Stanton's first home run since Oct. 1, a span of 72 at-bats, and one of the longest he has hit.
"That was pretty good," Stanton said. "Here I've hit a few of those foul, those same type of ones so it was finally good to get on the right side of the pole."
Miguel Olivo also homered for Miami, which dropped to 5-19, the worst record in baseball.
"We did some good things," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Stanton hit his first home run and Miggy hit a big home run, we had some good at-bats, but I feel like I'm saying the same thing every single night, and I really am, we're right there."
A crowd of 27,519 was on hand at Marlins Park, the most since the home opener on April 8 against Atlanta, and a substantial increase from the 17,325 they have averaged since then.
Welington Castillo led off the seventh with a single off Alex Sanabia (2-3), who retired the next two batters before being lifted in favor of Mike Dunn . Dunn walked Julio Borbon before DeJesus singled up the middle to score Castillo for a 3-2 lead.
"It was on my shoulders tonight and I didn't get the job done," Dunn said.
Sanabia allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Miami threatened in the seventh when the first two batters reached base off of Kameron Loe , but Olivo bounced into a double play as Anthony Rizzo made a nice scoop at first base for the second out. Loe got out of the inning when Chris Valaika flew out to right.
Austin Kearns had an opportunity to tie it in the eighth against Carlos Marmol . With runners on first and second, Kearns hit a sharp grounder that shortstop Starlin Castro made a diving stop to his left and used a backhand flip to second base for a forceout to end the inning.
"When I saw the ball I tried to make that play," Castro said. "That's the run that would tie the game. If I don't catch that ball maybe we're still playing."
DeJesus scored the Cubs first run when he doubled leading off the game, advanced to third on an error by Stanton in right field, and scored on a wild pitch. Stanton tied the game in the bottom of the first his homer.
Luis Valbuena hit an RBI single in the second, which was matched by Olivo's home run.
NOTES: Cubs RF Nate Schierholtz made a diving catch near the foul line in the sixth inning to take an extra-base hit away from Stanton. "It's a great play, I don't to be on the other side, but I've done it to people too, it doesn't feel the best," Stanton said. ... After learning that Stanton's homer was estimated at 472 feet, Sveum said, "I think they're a little short." ... Chicago starters have a 3.02 ERA, which ranks second in the National League only trailing St. Louis. ... Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) will begin a two-game rehab assignment with Class-A Jupiter on Monday and is expected to be ready to play with the big league club on May 2 when he is eligible to come off of the disabled list. ... The Cubs will send RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.53 ERA) to the mound for Sunday's series finale and the Marlins will counter with RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 3.81 ERA), who is 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA against the team that drafted him in 2001.