Cubs’ Wood on blown big lead: ‘That’s on me’

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The box score said the loss belonged to reliever Pedro Strop, who failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 10-9 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

But Travis Wood knew better.

“Your team puts up five in the first, you can’t give it back,” the left-hander said. “That’s on me.”

Wood couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning after getting a 5-0 advantage before throwing a pitch, allowing a grand slam to St. Louis first baseman Mark Reynolds. And although Wood bounced back with four scoreless innings before leaving after giving up three straight singles to start the sixth, the die was cast.

Rallying for two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh, the Cardinals handed the Cubs a bitter 10-9 defeat.

“It just comes down to the fact I didn’t execute a pitch when I needed to,” Wood said. “They’re on a hot streak right now. They never give away at-bats and they never quit.”