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Cubs drop fifth in row with 4-1 loss to Reds

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo throws out Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamiltfirst during seventh inning baseball game Chicago Friday April

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo throws out Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton at first during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: April 18, 2014 10:13PM



The Cubs snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak, but a mistake-filled game against the Reds at Wrigley Field Friday netted them a 4-1 loss. The Cubs have now lost five straight.

The streak was broken when third baseman Luis Valbuena hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that scored Starlin Castro who led off the inning with a single.

Castro also nearly hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. His drive to left field was a ball that would have easily cleared the fence on a typical day, but 12 mph winds kept it in play and allowed Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick to settle under it.

Though you won’t win too many games scoring only one run, the Cubs undid themselves in the field on Friday. The Reds were able to score two runs on errors and a third on a wild pitch.

In the sixth inning, the Cubs allowed two unearned runs after committing two errors. After Jay Bruce led the inning off with a double, Ludwick advanced to first after Welington Castillo was called for catcher’s interference—ruled an error. Two hitters later, Bruce scored on a fielder’s choice and Ludwick on a throwing error by Cubs second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

Todd Frazier scored for the Reds on a wild pitch by Cubs reliever Justin Grimm in the eighth.

Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw well enough to win. He finished the game allowing only one earned run on four hits and struck out seven.

Samardzija and Reds starter Alfredo Simon each pitched the first four innings scoreless.

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton hit an RBI double that scored catcher Devin Mesoraco and broke the scoreless tie. Mesoraco led off the inning with a single.

Note: Cubs injured starting pitcher Jake Arrieta will make one more rehab start, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said prior to Friday’s game against the Reds. He will leave next week for Triple-A Iowa … Bonifacio broke an 0-for-13 streak when he hit an infield second to leadoff the first inning for the Cubs.

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