OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Travis Wood has allowed more than three runs in a game once all season and has recorded quality starts in 16 of his 17 starts. Yet the Chicago Cubs' right-hander has not won since May 30 despite being among the NL ERA leaders.
Wood pitched six shutout innings against Oakland while giving only three hits Thursday, but left with the game still scoreless.
Matt Guerrier, making his first appearance with the Cubs since being acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers, threw a pretty good pitch in the seventh, too. But it got away from catcher Wellington Castillo, allowing Derek Norris to score from third on a passed ball and sending the Athletics over the Cubs 1-0.
Wood walked one and struck five in recording his third consecutive no-decision. He is winless in six starts despite a 2.58 ERA over that span.
"You have to keep battling every single day," Wood said. "Their guy pitched awesome. He kept us off-balance and off the scoreboard. I have to find a way to win these games. I need to step it up a little more."
Wood retired 12 in a row at one point, leaving the game after throwing 101 pitches.
"It was a shame," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Six shutout innings. He pitched another great ballgame. One little passed ball."
Castillo, catching Guerrier (2-4) for the first time, wasn't sure what to expect from the pitch that got away.
"He made a good pitch," Castillo said. "I just didn't get a good read on it and it went between my legs."
The Cubs had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fourth and put two runners on with two outs in the ninth without taking advantage.
Yoenis Cespedes threw out Starlin Castro trying to score from second on Alfonso Soriano's single to left field. Soriano was later thrown out by Norris attempting to steal second, ending the inning.