PHILADELPHIA — It took awhile, but the Chicago Cubs at last won a series away from Wrigley Field. Now, they hope to keep it going.
Travis Wood pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Sunday, taking two of three at Citizens Bank Park.
Anthony Rizzo hit his 14th home run and Starlin Castro added three hits for Chicago.
The last-place Cubs had been 0-9-3 in road series this year and hadn’t won a set away from Chicago since last Sept. 9-11. This was the Cubs’ first series win in Philadelphia since April 2001.
The Cubs begin a three-game trip at Miami today.
“It’s good to win a series on the road,” Rizzo said. “We can take that into Miami with us.”
The Phillies finished with just three hits against Wood (7-5) and closer Neil Ramirez while being shut out for the ninth time this year.
Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg seemed frustrated that Philadelphia’s hitters didn’t adjust.
“The guy was pitching up in the zone, and we were hitting flyballs,” Sandberg said. “For us not to make an adjustment and not get on top of some of those balls, those are hittable balls.”
Wood didn’t allow a hit until Ben Revere’s one-out single in the sixth. He gave up three hits in eight innings while striking out six and walking three.
“I felt really good today,” Wood said. “The cutter inside was working well, and they were kind of jamming themselves.”
The right-hander said he was aware of the potential no-hitter.
“You always know about it,” he said. “Besides, a guy in the stands let me know about it.”
Ramirez got his third save.
A.J. Burnett (4-6) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings.