PHOENIX—The Cubs are constantly reminded about their woeful history, a fact Arizona's Luis Gonzalez knows about firsthand.
The former Cubs outfielder said he empathizes with his Cubs counterparts, knowing they'll have to hear about the franchise's record of futility over and over again until they finally get it right.
"It's more the attention it draws, just like the Red Sox last year," Gonzalez said. "After a while teams want to go out there and show it's behind them. Everyone keeps bringing it up. But they've got a good group of guys over there, and they just want to go out and win games.
"Unfortunately, there are 29 other teams that want to win just as badly as they do. But being in Chicago, where the fans are so passionate about sports and winning, it adds a little more pressure to everybody over there."
Gonzalez put the pressure on Cubs starter Greg Maddux Tuesday night at Bank One Ballpark, cranking home runs off the Cubs starter in his first two at-bats, leading the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory.
Maddux left after five innings, having allowed five runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one intentional walk in an 84-pitch outing. Two of the hits were Gonzalez's homers -- a two-run blast in the first and a solo shot in the fourth.
"I've thrown worse and given up less," Maddux said. "I know that."
With the loss, Maddux fell to 1-7 lifetime against the Diamondbacks and 0-4 at Bank One Ballpark. Cubs manager Dusty Baker said it was just a case of Gonzalez having Maddux's number.
"We know it, Luis knows it and Greg knows it," Baker said. "Sometimes when a guy has got your number, he's got your number. I'm sure Greg's tried everything."
Todd Hollandsworth's three-run homer off Arizona's Russ Ortiz gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead, but Gonzalez's ninth career home run against Maddux tied it in the fourth.
The Diamondbacks grabbed a two-run lead in the fifth thanks in part to a controversial call at second on an infield chopper by Chris Snyder to shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Though Garciaparra believed he tagged Chad Tracy sliding into second, umpire Dan Iassogna ruled Tracy beat the tag, putting two on with no outs.
"I don't know what angle he saw, but he called him safe," Garciaparra said. "We had a chance to come back and try to tie the game and get it back and twist it around, but Ortiz did a good job and their bullpen came in and they won today."
Ortiz followed the crucial call with an RBI single to right, and Craig Counsell's run-scoring single made it 5-3.
Todd Walker's double put runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth, but the Cubs managed just one run, on a Garciaparra groundout. Arizona closer Brandon Lyon struck out Aramis Ramirez, then retired Jeromy Burnitz on a weak tap to second.
Derrek Lee singled and stole second with two outs in the ninth, but Arizona shortstop Royce Clayton went into the hole to rob Neifi Perez of a hit, ending the suspense.
"Royce made a great play to save the game," Baker said. "That's why they got him over here."
Gonzalez wouldn't mind seeing the Cubs play in a World Series after he retires, but he's not ready yet. Still, he said he understands what the players are going through, hearing about their 97-year title drought so often.
"It's tough for them to run out there every day and have to hear that, and read about it, with talk shows talking about it," he said. "But they're professionals . . . those guys know how to handle it."