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Wood becomes first reliever to homer in playoffs since 1924; Cubs win 5-2

Wood becomes first reliever to homer in playoffs since 1924; Cubs win 5-2

Travis Wood took over when starter Kyle Hendricks got hurt and became the first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a postseason home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night for 2-0 NL Division Series lead. 

Ben Zobrist put Chicago ahead in the first with a run-scoring single off former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and Hendricks hit a two-run single in a three-run second. 

Hendricks left with a 4-2 lead in the fourth when he was hit on the right forearm by Angel Pagan's line drive. 

Wood struck out Conor Gillaspie to strand Pagan, then sent a one-out drive into the left-field bleachers in the bottom half. The only other...

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