- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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How it happened: The Diamondbacks blew the game open with three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Diamondbacks chased Cubs starter Travis Wood in the sixth, when Wood threw 38 pitches before leaving with two outs. Wood allowed two walks and four hits in the inning, including a double to A.J. Pollock and a triple to Eric Chavez. The Diamondbacks tacked on three runs against Hector Rondon in the seventh and another three against Michael Bowden in the eighth. The Cubs struck first in the third inning when Wood, one of the better-hitting pitchers in the league, singled and scored from second on Anthony Rizzo's base hit. It was the only run scored off Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who scattered four hits in six innings. Arizona second baseman Martin Prado hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. The Cubs got a few late runs when Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth and Junior Lake hit his second home run in as many days in the ninth.
What it means: Wood’s record dropped to 6-7. Chicago’s only good news was three more base hits for rookie Lake, who now has 12 hits in his first five career games, the most by a Cub since 1916, one more than Andy Pafko (1943), according to the Diamondbacks. With eight days left until the non-waiver trading deadline expires, the Cubs will be proactive in their pursuit of trades for more inventory. “There are teams that have interest and we will have discussions,” Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, said. “We are obviously in a position to improve our farm system. If it comes at the expense of a win or two at the end of the season, unfortunately that is the position we are in. It makes sense to contemplate those moves if you get enough quality in return. I am not pleased we are in this position, but I am pleased with the quality we have brought into this organization the month of July.”
Outside the box: Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected between the top and bottom of the third inning for arguing balls and strikes. Epstein confirmed that he would meet with outfielder Alfonso Soriano about his future. Epstein said that the Yankees had called about a possible trade. He will meet with Soriano on Wednesday. Soriano said he would consider his former club or another contender, if and when the Cubs felt they were close to an agreement with a team.