PHOENIX (AP) — Travis Wood was a National League All-Star in 2013. He's learning that it takes some time and faith to get back to the way he was pitching a year ago.
Wood was roughed up for seven runs — five earned — on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings in a 9-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. He lost his third straight start.
Wood (7-9) said he isn't missing his spots by much, but admitted that opposing hitters — especially right-handers, who are batting close to .300 against him this season — have made adjustments.
"So far it has been a learning year. Trying to figure it out and basically getting back to what I do," Wood said. "We are going to get there. I promise you that. It will be a struggle until then, but we got to keep rolling."
Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth inning and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Montero's hit came off Wood, who has fared well against left-handed hitters this season.
"I threw a pitch that kind of sat there and he made me pay for it," Wood said of Montero's double. "That is what he is able to do."
Goldschmidt went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in. He also scored three runs and walked twice, raising his batting average to .314.
"When you're scoring multiple runs on at-bats, that's ideal," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Cubs have lost four in a row and 10 of 12.
Wade Miley (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, striking out seven with one walk. He is 3-0 in his last four starts.
The Cubs got a run to start the game on three straight singles with one out, the third hit coming from All-Star Starlin Castro to drive in Justin Ruggiano.
If not for a leaping catch at the wall in dead center field by the Diamondbacks' Ender Inciarte, the Cubs might have added on more runs. Welington Castillo's long fly ball looked like it would bounce off the wall for extra bases, but Inciarte tracked it down for the second out of the inning and Arizona starter Wade Miley got out of the inning without further damage.
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