Wood suffered through his shortest outing in nearly three years as the Dodgers pounded him and a series of relievers for a 10-5 victory over the
Wood had an RBI single that capped a three-run second, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead and raising his batting average to .128. But the hard-throwing righthander was knocked out in the top of the third, when the Dodgers scored three times to take a 5-3 lead.
It was Wood's earliest departure since September 26, 2000, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings. In 2 2/3 innings, he gave up five runs, five hits and four walks. He struck out just two, raising his major league-leading total to 203.
"He's had a stiff back for a couple weeks now," Cubs manager
said. "We didn't think it was that bad, but it certainly affected him today. He really had trouble getting the ball over."
"We knew that there was something going on there but didn't think it was that serious," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "Woody's the type of guy that unless he's in terrible pain, he won't come out, so we know there's something wrong there. Hopefully he'll feel better tomorrow."
Wood did not get the loss. That went to reliever
(5-4), who got the last out of the third but was roughed up for three runs in the fourth, when the Dodgers took the lead for good.
Wood uncharacteristically did not stick around to talk to reporters.
"He's always a tough pitcher to hit, but maybe wasn't as good as he was in the past today," Dodgers outfielder
said. "We had a good offensive approach to him and we also played a good game as far as running the bases and doing all the little things to help us win."
homered and drove in four runs and Green and
had three hits each for the normally punchless Dodgers, who had 16 hits and reached double figures in runs for the first time since April 20.
"If we continue to execute the way we have the last four or five days, our offense is going to be OK," Dodgers manager
said. "If we continue to run the bases and be patient at the plate, we can play with anybody."
Los Angeles starter
(9-9) labored through 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He struck out three without a walk before
finished up with scoreless relief.
"I thought (Perez) threw the ball really well," Tracy said. "The only problem was with Ramirez. Sometimes you have people that you have trouble getting out and Ramirez appears to be that guy for Perez."
homered twice for the Cubs, who fell one-half game behind Houston atop the National League Central.
"We have 40 games left, so it'll probably be an up-and-down situation the rest of the year," Ramirez said. "Yesterday we were in first place, today we're not. You just have to play hard every day and the rest should take care of itself."
Beltre's 14th homer came with one out and one on in the third and gave LA a 4-3 lead.
hit a sacrifice fly, ending Woods' day.
Ramirez's second two-run homer in as many innings tied it in the bottom half before the Dodgers scored three more in the fourth. Roberts and
Paul Lo Duca
singled and Green and
followed with RBI singles. Beltre capped the outburst with a run-scoring groundout.
Roberts singled off
in the fifth, stole second and scored on Green's single. Burnitz hit his 25th homer off former Dodger
in the eighth.
"It feels good to contribute to this offense," Roberts said. "It's been an injury-plagued year for me but at least we still have time to get this thing together, as our offense showed today."
Beltre doubled home a run in the first and the Dodgers added a run on an error by right fielder
in the second before the Cubs broke through in the bottom half.
singled and Ramirez started his sixth career multi-homer game with his 15th of the season, making it 2-2.
doubled and eventually scored on a two-out hit by Woods, who has seven RBI this season.