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Jeff Samardzija struggles as Cubs’ skid vs. Nationals reaches six

Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzijthrows WashingtNationals batter during first inning baseball game Friday May 10 2013 Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Updated: May 10, 2013 9:00PM



WASHINGTON — Still looking for his first victory since Opening Day, Jeff Samardzija had his worst start of the year Friday, pitching five innings and getting tagged with a 7-3 loss in the opener of a three-game series against the Nationals.

It was the Cubs’ sixth consecutive loss at Nationals Park, dating to 2011. They’ve allowed an average of 9.3 runs to the Nats during the streak.

Samardzija (1-5) allowed all seven runs. Five were earned, including a two-run homer by Ian Desmond, and two unearned after he committed a fielding error.

It was the eighth error by the Cubs’ pitching staff, by far the most of any staff in the majors. It’s more than the entire Arizona Diamondbacks roster.

Four Cubs pitchers have committed errors, three with at least two. Fifteen teams entered Friday with one or fewer errors for their entire pitching staff.



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