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Friday, May 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Reds 6, Cubs 5

By Bruce Levine

Let's take a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: The Cubs' three-run rally in the ninth inning fell short when Darwin Barney struck out with the bases loaded. Anthony Rizzo and Luis Valbuena each had three hits with Welington Castillo driving in two runs for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva yielded four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He retired ten straight before Joey Votto led off the sixth with a single and scored on Jay Bruce's double.

What it means: The Cubs have lost three of their last four games. After starting the season in a good groove, Villanueva has given up eight earned runs over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings. The Cubs are 4-22 with runners in scoring position over the past two games.

Outside the box: The Cubs will send pitchers Kyuji Fujikawa and Matt Garza to Class AAA Iowa for rehab outings. Fujikawa will throw one inning or a maximum of twenty pitches on Sunday. Garza in his second rehab start will try to build up to between 50 and 60 pitches on Monday.

Up next: The Cubs send RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-4 3.35) against Cincinnati and LHP Tony Cingrani (2-0 1.50)