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Finally, Wood gets a win as a Cub

Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood wants home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor to know there’s an inside corner.

But the shoelaces were a strike?

No matter.

Showing great savvy in adjusting to Bucknor’s sometimes incomprehensible strike zone Tuesday night, Wood got his first win as a Cub.

The young left-hander gave up one run on four hits in six innings, which is solid enough -- but it gets even better when you remember he escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second.

Nearly as impressive was his big shut-down inning in the third when he retired Gordon Beckham, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko after getting a 2-1 lead.

In four starts in June, Wood has allowed only eight earned runs in 24 2/3 innings for a 2.92 ERA. He has allowed more than three earned runs in only one of his seven starts this season.

Looks like the Sean Marshall trade is turning into something.

Orlando Hudson couldn’t have gloved a harder hit grounder and couldn’t have asked for a slower Cub running, and still lollipopped the throw to first to let Geovany Soto reach safely. The error started a Cubs rally that cost Jake Peavy a lead and cost the Sox a win and first place. Don’t get cute. Save the Hollywood for Hollywood.

Or save it for Starlin Castro.

On Monday night, Alexei Ramirez made a brilliant, diving, spinning stab and blind throw up the middle. On Tuesday, Castro turned his back on the infield to chase Alejandro De Aza’s blooper, gloved the ball on the heel, then snatched it out of midair with a windmill motion. Your serve, Alexei.

Peavy’s three losses have been 1-0, 1-0 and 2-1.

Len Kasper alertly noted that Hudson did not have his batting gloves velcroed and thus would be awarded first base if a pitch hit one of the flaps. The Cubs didn’t ask the umpires to close the gloves, but Kasper would make a good bench coach.

The Sox couldn’t do anything with the bases loaded in the second and then couldn’t at least tie the score with two on and one out in the eighth. Did the Sox know the Cubs came into the game with the worst record in baseball?

Wait, Carlos Marmol protected a one-run lead?

Wait, weren’t the Sox supposed to dominate interleague play?

Wait, now it’s up to Gavin Floyd to salvage a win for the Sox?

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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