PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Cubs hadn't been much of a match on the road until entering Citizens Bank Park. Entering 0-9-3 in 12 road series this season, the Cubs lost the goose egg at the expense of the Phillies.
With lefthander Travis Wood throwing eight shutout innings, the Cubs beat the Phillies, 3-0, before a Father's Day crowd of 41,232.
Coupled with Friday's 2-1 win, the Cubs took two of three in the series.
Dating back to last season, the Cubs were winless in their last 15 series. Their last success was when they took two out of three against the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 9-11 last season.
It was the ninth time this season the Phillies have been blanked.
A.J. Burnett allowed three runs (all earned) and eight hits in eight innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
The Cubs don't have many offensive threats, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo is one of them. Rizzo hit a solo homer in the first inning, his 14th home run this season.
In the third inning, Rizzo was called safe on a grounder to first. Umpire Gary Cederstrom said Rizzo beat John Mayberry Jr.'s throw to Burnett. The Phillies successfully appealed the play. Rizzo was out, but the next batter, Starlin Castro, drilled an RBI single to left field for a 2-0 lead.
It was Castro's two-run home run that was the difference in Friday's 2-1 win.
The Cubs scored another in the sixth on doubles by Castro and Nate Schierholtz. In the bottom of the inning, Ben Revere broke up Wood's no-hitter with a one-out single to right field. Jimmy Rollins then hit a single to left, putting runners on first and second. Wood escaped by getting Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd to hit consecutive pop-ups to Castro at shortstop.
Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez led off the Phillies eighth inning with a single up the middle. Revere grounded out to first, forcing Rizzo to leap high to field his hopper.
With Hernandez at second, Rollins grounded out to third and Utley flew out to deep center to end the inning.
Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth for the Phillies, striking out two and hitting 100 mph three times, topping out at 101 mph.
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