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Wood dominates as Cubs defeat Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH -- Travis Wood allowed one hit over six innings as the Chicago Cubs held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the National League on Thursday.

Wood struck out four and walked two as the Cubs won a season-opening series for the first time in four years. Wood also scored the game's first run, racing home on Starlin Castro's single in the third inning. Nate Schierholtz smacked a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Cubs some breathing room.

Chicago needed it after another shaky outing from Carlos Marmol. The closer picked up his first save of the season, but only after the Pirates drew within one.

Pittsburgh had the tying run on third with no outs, but Pedro Alvarez struck out and Neil Walker hit into a game-ending double play.

Padres 2, Mets 1 In New York, Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets for their first win of the season.

Eric Stults (1-0) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter and struck out 14 for the Padres, who had not led in their first two games. Stults, who beat the Mets seven years ago for the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first Major League win, made an opening-day roster for the first time.

Mets starter Dillon Gee (0-1) returned from shoulder surgery last summer and was nearly as sharp. He opened with a walk, then retired 10 in a row and wound up giving up three hits in 6 1-3 innings.

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood scores from second on an RBI single by Starlin Castro during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 4. (AP)

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