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Wood, Valbuena lead Cubs to victory vs Padres

SAN DIEGO — Cubs left-hander Travis Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout before allowing Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit, two-run home run, and Chicago held on to beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Saturday night.

Wood (5-4) hit an RBI single and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who bounced back from an 11-1 loss Friday night.

Wood allowed two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Quentin, who missed the previous four games with a groin injury, hit an 86 mph slider an estimated 405 feet off the left-field facade with one out in the eighth to chase Wood. Quentin has five career pinch homers and two in one week. Yasmani Grandal was aboard on a one-out walk.

Valbuena extended his hitting streak to eight games when he drove an 88 mph fastball from Billy Buckner into the right field seats with one out in the sixth. It was his third. Nate Schierholtz doubled to right with two outs. The Padres intentionally walked Darwin Barney to get to Wood, who singled up the middle to drive in Schierholtz.

Valbuena also scored in the fourth, reaching on a walk, advancing on Welington Castillo's single and coming in on Schierholtz's base hit.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Buckner (0-1) started in place of Andrew Cashner, who is on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. Buckner's contract was purchased earlier Saturday from Triple-A El Paso. He allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked three.

NOTES: In a pregame ceremony, the Padres honored first responders involved in fighting last week's wildfires. The players and coaches formed two lines in the outfield and greeted the first responders as they walked in from the warning track. ... Cashner played long toss for the first time since going on the disabled list, retroactive to May 15. Cashner will throw again Sunday. . RHP Tim Stauffer pitched well enough in Friday's win over the Cubs to earn another start. It will come on Wednesday at Arizona. . Newly acquired LHP Troy Patton, acquired from Baltimore in Saturday's trade for C Nick Hundley, will complement LHP Alex Torres in the bullpen. He should arrive in San Diego on Sunday. . Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano could rejoin the team on the road trip; he's been on the DL since April 24 with a strained hamstring. Ruggiano played consecutive games in Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and Friday. . Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79) faces Cubs RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91) in Sunday's series finale.

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