Longtime Wrigley Field villain A.J. Pierzynski looked out over the right field bleachers before the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Cubs and noticed the presence of the ''Eamus Catuli'' sign on the facade of a rooftop club.

The sign includes a number designating the years since the Cubs' last division title, pennant and championship.

"It's my favorite sign," Pierzynski said. "They brought it back for old time's sake, so I'm glad to see they brought it back. … What, it has been 104 (years) now? Still going though."

Booing Pierzynski proved to be the highlight of the night for Cubs fans, who shivered through another grim affair in the frozen confines.

Travis Wood pitched 71/3 strong innings, but was charged with the loss as the Cubs fell for the eighth time in 10 games.

The Cubs rallied for two in the ninth and loaded the bases off Joe Nathan, but center fielder Craig Gentry made a diving catch of Darwin Barney's line drive to end it.

"I was thinking, 'This is why you play,'" Barney said of his at-bat. "Unfortunately I got punched in the neck. That's what it felt like. … Watch a catch out there. Gosh, that ball gets by him and it's game over. That was a risky play, and he made the play. Hats off to him."

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland allowed two hits over seven shutout innings to notch the victory.

One day after Chairman Tom Ricketts pronounced the Cubs would win a World Series if their renovation plan is implemented, President Theo Epstein said payroll declines would reverse if the plan is in place.

"Now that in and of itself won't be a determining factor in our success," he said. "We need to generate a stream of young talent through our farm system, but we want to complement that with some aggressiveness in free agency."