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STL@CHC: Wood fans eight, holds Cards to one run

The Rockies experienced firsthand this weekend in St. Louis that good pitching beats good hitting.

Now they'll go from facing the National League's best starting-pitching staff to its third best.

The Rockies, losers in two of three in St. Louis, continue their six-game road trip Monday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Chicago is fresh off taking two of three from the Nationals in Washington.

"Hopefully the Cardinals have cooled their offense down," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "They were the best offense in the league. ... It's just a really good offense all the way up and down the lineup, with power and really good hitters. We'll have to take advantage of being at home, and hopefully they go into slumps like they have the last couple days."

The Rockies, who managed only eight runs in St. Louis -- all coming in Sunday's finale -- while batting .147, will face Cubs left-hander Travis Wood in Monday's opener.

Wood has opened the season with seven consecutive quality starts, the first Cubs lefty to do so since Johnny Schmitz in 1948. Wood is coming off an outing against the Cardinals in which he struck out a season-high eight in 6 2/3 innings.

Wood, who has a 2.77 ERA in three career outings (two starts) against the Rockies, will be backed by a Cubs offense that has thrived at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are hitting .273 in 18 home games, compared to a .218 mark in 19 games on the road.

Rockies: Nicasio shooting for six
Right-hander Juan Nicasio makes his eighth start of the season Monday, and the 26-year-old will be looking to make it deep into the game. He's tossed six innings only once this season and just 14 times in 30 career starts.

Six innings appears to be the magic number for Nicasio -- he is 7-1 with a 2.23 ERA when going at least six frames.

• Outfielder Charlie Blackmon was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday to take the roster spot of Michael Cuddyer, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed cervical disc. Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Cubs: Valbuena appears to be OK after finger injury
Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who sprained a finger on his right hand on Saturday, will get checked by a doctor on Monday. Valbuena, who was available to pinch-hit Sunday, is hitting .272 with five homers and 13 RBIs.

• Cubs outfielder David DeJesus is three RBIs shy of 500 for his career.

Worth noting
• Nicasio is 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA in six starts against NL Central teams.

• Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is hitless in seven career at-bats against Wood. Comments