CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Wood was so dangerous at the plate Monday night that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson actually changed pitchers before the Cubs starter could bat with the bases loaded in the sixth.
Wood hit a three-run homer, drove in four runs and held the Diamondbacks to one run in seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1.
Wood (1-2) gave up a run and six hits over seven innings. His four RBIs and nine strikeouts matched career highs.
"It feels good that they kind of respect you up there and that you're doing your job," Wood said. "I'm not out there in the nine hole just to fill a spot. You've got to try and be the best you can at it."
Bronson Arroyo (1-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of 10 and have the worst record in the majors (5-17). Arroyo and Wood were plenty familiar with each other having been teammates on the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-11.
Wood tagged Arroyo with his three-run homer in the second inning and RBI double in the fourth.
With the bases loaded in the sixth, Gibson called on J.J. Putz to face Wood, and Wood hit the ball right back to the right-hander to start an inning-ending double play.
"It's supposed to be the free out in the lineup," Arroyo said. "Tonight it obviously wasn't, I mean, (Wood) pushed across almost all the runs. He's always been good at the plate, that's something you just don't want to let beat you, but that's the way it went tonight."
Wood, with a grin, admitted he was swinging hard for another home run when he faced Putz. The right-handed swinging, lefty-throwing Wood was unsure if an opposing manager had ever made a pitching change with him at the plate. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he has not previously seen a reliever brought in to face a pitcher.