Travis Wood was on the ropes, but pitched out of a self-made first inning mess that wound up looming large as the Cubs beat Milwaukee, 4-2, in front of 37,631 Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Wood walked the bases loaded in the first, but got Khris Davis to ground into an inning-ending groundout that kept Milwaukee off the board. The left-hander then cruised through his next six innings, allowing just two hits with the only blip a two-run homer by Rickie Weeks in the fifth inning.
Welington Castillo and Mike Olt homered to support Wood, who took a no-hitter into the fifth. His seven innings of two-run ball were a welcome change from Wood's previous four starts, in which he allowed 19 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings.
Wood didn't walk anyone after the first, either. And while his three walks were par for the course as of late -- in those previous four starts, Wood walked 11 -- but he didn't issue a free pass after the first inning on Sunday.
The win over the first-place Brewers secured the Cubs only their second series win of the season, with the other coming earlier this month against St. Louis.