Cubs down Giants to increase NLD Series lead

The Chicago Cubs downed the San Francisco Giants 5-2 to now have a 2-0 National League Division Series lead in the best of five games as Travis Wood made post-season history as he became the second relief pitcher to hit a home run on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

The 29-year-old Wood went into the action early when starter Kyle Hendricks departed in the fourth inning with a right forearm injury courtesy of a line drive off the bat of Angel Pagan.

Wood homered and Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant also got runs for the Cubs.

Former Cubs teammate Jeff Samardzija lasted two innings and yielded four runs on six hits with a walk and one strikeout.

For the Giants, Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt had RBIs, but now need to win the next three games in the best of five series to save their season starting in San Francisco on Monday.

The other Series Game 2 encounter that was scheduled to happen on Saturday between Washington and Los Angeles did not take place as it was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew and is now expected to take place on Sunday. The Dodgers hold a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the opener 4-3 on Friday night.

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