Rapid Reaction: Reds 8, Cubs 7

August, 7, 2011
8/07/11
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 8-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Wrigley Field, ending their seven-game winning streak.


How it happened: The usually reliable Sean Marshall blew an eighth-inning lead, giving up two runs. The new version of the never-say die Cubs had scored five unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh. The Cubs sent eight men to the plate in the seventh, scoring three times, including the then go-ahead run on Reds reliever Nick Masset's wild pitch. Marlon Byrd was 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored and Starlin Castro hit his fifth home run of the season, a 420-foot blast to center to lead off the third. Three Cincinnati homers lead to Randy Wells leaving the game after seven with a 7-6 lead. Wells has given up a team-high 15 home runs (tied with Ryan Dempster) in 14 starts this season. Wells’ ERA ballooned to 6.05.

What it means: The Cubs’ seven-game winning streak came to an end. Incredibly, the team only picked up a half game on the first-place Brewers since the streak began.

Outside the box: Right-hander Casey Coleman won another start at Triple-A Iowa. Coleman could be promoted back into the Cubs rotation before Sept. 1.

What’s next: Matt Garza (5-8, 3.78) will face the Washington Nationals’ Chien-Ming Wang (0-2, 6.00) on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167