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Wood struggles again as Cubs lose 3-1 to Braves

Associated Press Published: May 8, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Kerry Wood trudged off the mound after another difficult outing and threw his glove and hat into the stands as he made his way into the dugout.

It was time to start anew.

Wood surrendered a tiebreaking two-run single to Dan Uggla in the eighth inning, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

"When things are going bad, you don't get breaks," Wood said. "I didn't get any tonight."

Michael Bourn reached on a leadoff single and Wood issued two walks before Uggla drove a 1-1 pitch back up the middle for his third hit of the game. Freddie Freeman helped set up the big inning by hustling down the line to prevent a potential double play.

"I was just trying to get something in the air towards the middle of the field and it ended up finding a hole," Uggla said. "That's what we needed."

Wood (0-2) has struggled since he was sidelined for three weeks with right shoulder fatigue, yielding two runs in each of his two outings since he was activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

"Shoulder's great, that's the frustrating thing," he said. "I bounced back from the injection and shoulder feels great. I actually threw some good curveballs tonight for the first time in a while. It's all about results, it didn't happen tonight."

Wood cut short the postgame interview when asked about throwing his hat and glove into the stands.

"It's frustrating," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It doesn't matter if you're young or a veteran guy. You give up a couple runs and walk a couple guys, it's frustrating, no matter how many years you have in the big leagues. It's frustrating to do that in a tie ballgame."

Chicago wasted another effective outing by Ryan Dempster, who struck out seven in seven innings. The right-hander yielded just one run and six hits, but remained winless on the year and his ERA actually increased a tick, from 0.95 to 1.02.

"I just try to execute my pitches and control the innings," he said. "The other stuff you can't worry about. You can only control one thing when you're on the mound and that's trying to put the ball where you want to put it. If you do that, more often than not, you'll get good results. The more good results you get, the more wins you'll get."

Braves starter Randall Delgado allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings, and is winless since he beat the Mets on April 17. He pitched eight innings of two-run ball in his previous start, but the Braves lost 4-0 to Philadelphia.

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