LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travis Wood took his share of lumps in August, losing three in a row for the scuffling Chicago Cubs. He ended the month with a bang, outpitching Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties.
Wood limited the Dodgers to one unearned run in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that snapped Chicago's eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles.
"To go seven innings and give up one run is huge," Wood said. "He's pretty much the best pitcher in the game. I was fortunate to go out and make some good pitches and keep us in there. You know he's bringing his 'A' game and his 'B' game is pretty solid."
Wood (8-10) allowed five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two for his first victory since July 28 at San Francisco.
"He matched him pitch for pitch and actually outdid him," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That was as good a stuff as he's had in a long time."
Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 32 chances.
The Cubs, who had lost eight of 10, ended their longest slide against Los Angeles with their first win at Dodger Stadium since 2011.
After losing 6-2 against Zack Greinke in the series opener, the Cubs caught Kershaw on a decidedly off-night for the ace who came in with a major league-leading 1.72 ERA. Kershaw's streak of 18 scoreless innings, dating to Aug. 17, ended in the third when the Cubs took a 1-0 lead.
"We battled and took advantage of the few mistakes he made," Sveum said. "It's pretty much one of our most satisfying wins, that's for sure."
Kershaw (13-8) gave up two runs — one earned — and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked three.
"You're never going to have your best stuff every game, so you've got to figure out ways to get some guys out regardless," he said. "There were too many guys on base, too many walks, too many times behind in the count. Unfortunately, I couldn't go deeper into the game for our guys, but I was just trying to limit the damage."
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