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Rapid Reaction: Braves 8, Cubs 3

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' loss at the Friendly Confines on Thursday.

How it happened: Bad team defense (four errors on the day) and some inopportune walks by Matt Garza doomed the Cubs. Garza gave up a three-run home run to Brian McCann in the first after allowing the first two men of the game to reach on a single and an error. The Cubs came back with one in the first in two in the second to tie it up, but Garza just didn't have his 'A' game on Thursday. After starting the third similarly to the first (a single and an error), Garza walked the next two batters to force in one run and Freddie Freeman singled in one more to give the Braves a 5-3 lead. The Cubs never mounted another comeback as they fell to the Braves 8-3.

What it means: The Cubs, now sitting 17 games under .500, lost three of four to the Braves, who look like they're locked into the wild card spot in the NL.

Outside the box: Carlos Pena reiterated his desire to stay with the Cubs for not only the rest of this season, but hopefully next year as well. Though the New York Yankees claimed Pena on waivers, Pena has been told by the Cubs that they will not trade him and have pulled him off the waiver wire. Aramis Ramirez doubled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, it was the 700th extra-base hit of his career.

What’s next: The Cubs start a three game set in Milwaukee as Rodrigo Lopez (4-4, 4.97) takes on Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.45) and the first-place Brewers on Friday at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m.