Rapid Reaction: Reds 7, Cubs 4

May, 24, 2013
5/24/13
9:40
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By Mark Schmetzer
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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CINCINNATI – Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

How it happened: Scott Feldman strengthened the case against the designated hitter, but it didn't help him overcome a disastrous fourth inning. After needing just 34 pitches to negotiate the first three innings, the right-hander threw 40 in Cincinnati's five-run fourth. Joey Votto hit a one-out solo home run to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Ryan Hanigan smacked Feldman's 35th pitch of the inning into the left-field seats for a three-run, go-ahead blast. Feldman, who made a total of five plate appearances while spending all or part of the previous eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, capped the Cubs' three-run second inning with his first career home run, a 366-foot shot into the right-field seats on a full count with two outs. Luis Valbuena had been hitless in nine at-bats before doubling with one out and scoring Chicago's first run on Darwin Barney's sacrifice fly. Valbuena added an RBI single in the eighth, but Brandon Phillips added insurance with a two-run homer off of Hector Rondon in the bottom of the inning.

What it means: The Cubs' losing streak reached a season-high five games, and they slipped a season-worst 11 games below .500. Feldman's personal winning streak was snapped at four over his previous five starts.

Outside the box: Feldman's home run was the Cubs' first on the road in almost a month. Chicago hadn't hit a home run in six games covering two series since Dioner Navarro's solo shot in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 6-4 loss on April 28 at Miami.

Up next: Left-hander Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24 ERA) will try to snap the Cubs' losing streak and extend the personal streak of quality starts with which he has opened the season to 10 in a 3:10 p.m. CT game at his former home field, Great American Ball Park. Right-hander Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09 ERA) is Cincinnati's scheduled starter. He is 5-2 with a 5.12 ERA in 10 career starts against Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167