Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood pitched seven strong innings Thursday, allowing just two singles, yet he still managed to end up on the wrong side of a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

After Scott Hairston's two-run homer in the seventh gave Wood a slight lead, the eighth inning became full of what former manager Lou Piniella described as ‘Cubby occurrences.' A passed ball by Welington Castillo, who didn't know the runner on third hesitated and therefore didn't hustle after the ball, allowed the tying run to score. The Padres scored four runs in the eighth.

Wood now has six straight quality starts to begin the 2013 season, but he only has a 2-2 record with a 2.50 ERA to show for it.

“It was a tough one to lose,“ Wood said. "We battled all game. For Hairston to come up with that big two-run homer and not to be able to hold them off stings a little bit.”

Wood refused to chastise Castillo for a lack of hustle or a brain cramp.

“When a ball gets behind you and kicks all the way to the left, you are thinking the guy is coming in easy,” Wood said. “That part being said you have to play every inning, every catch, every play like it is the last play.”

Good teams win games like the one the Cubs lost. The club has wasted a lot of outstanding starting pitching. The rotation has posted 17 quality starts with a collective 2.08 ERA . It has only six victories to show for it.

“Trying to give the team a chance to win every fifth day is the starters role,” Wood said. “Our staff has been doing a good job of that lately. Things are going to turn around.”