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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nationals 3, Cubs 1

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs loss on Tuesday night.

The good: Washington starter Chien-Ming Wang's no-hitter was broken up the sixth inning on an infield single by pinch-hitter Tony Campana. Wang pitched six innings, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out one. The Nationals’ starter induced 13 groundball outs. Cubs starter Matt Garza gave up a pair of homers in the sixth, a solo shot by Michael Morse and two-run shot by Johnny Gomes. Morse’s homer went 450 feet to dead center, hitting the tarp just below the upper tier of the center-field bleachers. Garza went six innings, allowing three, striking out nine and walking two.

What it means: The Cubs have now lost two straight after winning seven in a row. Garza continued his season as the Cubs’ hard-luck starter. He ran his scoreless streak to 12 innings before the three-run sixth. Garza now has nine losses to lead the team.

Outside the box: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out Tuesday’s contest due to back tightness. He is day-to-day.

Next: Righty Rodrigo Lopez (2-3, with a 5.17 ERA) takes on left-hander Ross Detwiler (1-1, 2.68).