ATLANTA (Ticker) -- New season, same results.
's domination of the
continued as he struck out 11 batters over seven innings and
drove in four runs as the
posted a 10-2 rout.
Wood (2-0) had nine strikeouts through five innings, including seven in a row from the third through fifth to tie a club record set last by
on August 15, 2002 vs. Houston.
After Wood surrendered a walk to
and a single to
to start the third, Wood settled in and took control, striking out
, J.D. Drew and
swinging to end the threat.
"When you get into that situation and the heart of their lineup is coming up, it's time to make pitches," said Wood, who improved to 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA lifetime against Atlanta in the regular season.
in the fourth and Braves pitcher
to start the fifth, tying the club record.
"At that point, he took control of the game," said Barrett. "Kerry gave (us) a chance to relax at the plate."
Wood allowed one run, five hits and three walks as he pitched with a cut on the outside of his pitching hand. The hard-throwing righthander finished with his 38th career double-digit strikeout game, and picked up right where he left off in last year's Division Series, where he allowed only three runs while striking out 18 in 15 1/3 innings against Atlanta.
"I just think Kerry mixed (his pitches) up pretty good," Braves second baseman Marcus said. "He's got an outstanding fastball, but he also mixes pitches."
The Cubs led, 1-0, after
's homer in the first. They added single runs on Barrett's sacrifice fly in the second,
's RBI single in the third and
's run-scoring single in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead.
Ortiz (0-2), a 20-game winner last season, surrendered four runs and eight hits over seven innings for Atlanta.
"I felt like I made my pitches," said Ortiz, "but they did a good job manufacturing three of the four runs."
was rocked for six runs and six hits.
Barrett led the onslaught with a three-run home run in the eighth.
also homered for the Cubs, who evened their season record at 3-3.
"That home run wouldn't have meant anything if it wasn't for (Wood's) pitching," Barrett said. "Kerry set the tone for that entire game."