did not figure in Toronto's win over Montreal on Friday and Colorado's
lost to Pittsburgh earlier Sunday, Loaiza (11-3) had a chance to become the first 12-game winner in the majors.
But the righthander surrendered five runs - four earned - and nine hits in seven innings and suffered his first loss since May 24, a span of seven starts. Loaiza, who still leads the American League with a 2.18 ERA, walked one and struck out four.
"I pitched great," Loaiza said. "I threw seven innings. I threw more than 100 pitches and kept my team in the ballgame. We didn't score runs and not that many hits."
Wood (8-5) notched his third straight victory, allowing four hits with six walks and seven strikeouts. The righthander has pitched at least six innings in each of his last seven starts.
"We just came out and knew as a team we had to step it up today and stop the streak," Wood said. "We lost a few games in a row and it was my job to go out there and stop the streak. We wanted to play fundamental baseball and get a win."
"Kerry came out today ready," Cubs manager
said. "He threw the ball great. That was a real gutsy performance. ... He threw a lot of pitches, but we needed that from him. That's what an ace does."
Alou erased a deficit with a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning and Hernandez added a solo shot in the sixth to cap the scoring and help the Cubs snap their four-game skid.
The loss also ended a three-game winning streak for the
, who fell to 4-2 against their crosstown rivals this season.
But the Cubs moved ahead in the fourth, scoring three times to give Wood all the support he needed.
With one out,
singled before Alou belted Loaiza's first offering over the left field wall for his 10th homer and a 2-1 lead.
"(It was) a cutter in on Alou," Loaiza said. "I think he was expecting it and took advantage of it."
followed with a ground-rule double and two batters later,
plated him with a single to center.
plated a run in the fifth with an RBI grounder, giving the Cubs a 4-1 cushion. But
hit his second homer in as many days in the bottom half to pull the
within two runs.
Hernandez added his first homer since rejoining the Cubs on June 19 to cap the scoring.
"I've been working hard trying to get my stroke back and finally, I hit a home run," Hernandez said. "Hopefully, now I will keep on track."
threatened in the seventh but could not close the gap.
drew a leadoff walk and Lee singled. Both runners advanced on Valentin's flyout before Wood walked Rowand to load the bases.
"I was fortunate to get a K and a pop-up," Wood said. "With the bases loaded, I just tried to throw strikes and get out of the inning. I had a pretty good slider today and they kept chasing it and swinging at it. It was good for our team to get out of that inning."
"He's been known to be around the strike zone early and if you are aggressive, you can get something from him,"
was good today, no doubt about it."