Cubs lose 4th straight as Jackson drops to 0-5 in 7-4 loss
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 5, 2013 5:00PM
Updated: May 5, 2013 5:41PM
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson remained winless on the season while his team dropped its fourth straight in a 7-4 loss Sunday to Cincinnati.
The Reds, who had only three road victories when they arrived on Friday, doubled that total by sweeping the three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Jackson (0-5), the team’s highest profile free agent signing of the off season, lasted only five innings in his seventh start, giving up four runs on eight hits as the Cubs saw their record drop to 11-20.
Unlike recent games, the Cubs trailed throughout on Sunday. They scored three in the fifth to cut their deficit to 4-3. Two of the Cubs runs scored when Alfonso Soriano’s sinking fly ball fell between onrushing Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder Shin-Soo Choo. They were shaken up but remained in the game. Phillips later left the game in the eighth.
The Cubs added a run in the fourth when David DeJesus doubled and later scored.
They had the tying run at the plate in the ninth after pitcher J. J. Hoover’s throwing error allowed Scott Hairston (single) and DeJesus (fielder’s choice) to reach. But he retired the next three for his second save.
The Reds scored twice against Shawn Camp in the seventh and once against Kameron Loe in the eighth.
The victory went to Reds starter Mat Latos (3-0), who matched his career best of 21 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up the fifth inning runs.
The Cubs used four relief pitchers in the game, including Carlos Marmol, who took the loss a day earlier when he faced three batters and didn’t retire one. He was perfect Sunday with a strikeout and two groundouts working the sixth.