Wood fans 10 but loses duel, 2-0

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Travis Wood of Bryant struck out 10 and walked just one in seven innings of work for the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Tuesday night. He allowed just four hits and two runs but that was enough as Pawtucket’s duo of Michael Bowden and Robert Manuel combined on a three-hit shutout.

Wood absorbed the tough loss in a 2-0 game in the International League contest.[more]

Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) scored the game’s only two runs in the third inning. Wood’s lone walk and two of the hits he allowed, both singles, loaded the bases with no one out. The lefty got the next batter, Niuman Romero to bounce back to the moudn. Wood threw home for a force but catcher Wilin Castillo’s relay to first in an attempt at a doubleplay, hit Romero allowing a run to score. A sacrifice fly followed, making it 2-0.

Wood, now 4-5 (after an 0-3 start to the season) with a 3.56 earned run average, had retired the first six batters he faced. In the fourth, he struck out the side around a two-out single. The strikeout that ended the inning started a closing stretch in which he retired 10 of 11, giving up only a two-out double in the seventh. He fanned the side again in the sixth.

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