After struggling earlier this season, Robertson (4-3) has begun to turn things around. The lefthander, who has won three straight starts, limited the Cubs to two runs and four hits. He struck out three without a walk.
"Basically, I was trying to keep my pitches in the strike zone and not walk anybody," Robertson said. "This is a place that you have to learn to sink the ball to be successful. Luckily, that was a pitch I was able to locate with."
Berkman gave Robertson the lead to work with, opening the scoring with an RBI double in a four-run fourth inning. He added a two-run homer in the eighth, giving the Astros a 7-3 lead.
(4-4) surrendered five runs and six hits in six innings. The righthander walked three and struck out 11.
In his four losses, Wood has been supported with just nine runs.
"It seems that we've been struggling to score runs when he's pitching," Cubs manager
said. "I thought he pitched very good. The first three innings, he was outstanding. We just haven't given him any runs the last six times out."
Wood struck OUT five over the first three innings but issued a leadoff walk to
in the fourth. After two more strikeouts,
singled and Berkman followed by ripping an RBI double into the right-center field gap.
"Woody is awfully tough," Berkman said. "Sometimes it's looks like's he's not going to give up any hits. He's very streaky. He struck me out on the same pitch, which was a slider in the first inning, so I was kind of looking for it on the 0-2 pitch. He doesn't make many mistakes, but when he does, you have to job on it."
"I really felt good out there," Wood said. "I was rolling along, then I made a bad pitch to Berkman. The bottom line is I didn't get the job done. "
But the Astros answered by scoring four times in the eighth.
Kent, who went 3-for-4, led off with a single and stole second before Berkman sent a 2-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his ninth homer.
hit his seventh homer later in the inning.