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Cubs Win 3rd Straight With 9-1 Victory Over Rockies

Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run homer against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning on May 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run homer against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning on May 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs came within two outs of their first shutout since last August in a 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Alfonso Soriano homered for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season. The Cubs’ 14 hits were one short of a season high.

Josh Rutledge hit a home run off Carlos Marmol with one out in the ninth, ruining the Cubs’ bid for their first shutout win since they beat Colorado on Aug. 26. The Cubs have gone 74 games between shutouts, their longest streak since going 75 in a row from May 15 until Aug. 6, 1999, according to STATS.

Wood (4-2) allowed two hits while striking out two for his major league-leading eighth quality start. He’s the first Cubs pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1919 to start with eight quality starts.

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