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Friday, August 12, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Braves 10, Cubs 4

By Bruce Levine

ATLANTA -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' loss to the Braves on Friday night.

How it happened: Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano imploded in the fifth inning. After giving up back to back homers to Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla, Zambrano was visited by pitching coach Mark Riggins. He then threw two pitches that almost hit Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. Home-plate ump Tim Timmons ejected the Cubs’ starter after his second inside pitch. Zambrano gave up five homers, tying a team record. The eight earned runs he was charged with tie for the most he has given up this season. The Cubs had five hitters with multiple hit games in a wasted effort.

What it means: The Cubs took a loss after winning nine out of 11. Zambrano’s ERA soared from 4.46 to 4.82. Outfielder Reed Johnson kept up his hot play of late. He has nine hits in his last 13 at-bats.

Outside the box: Cubs closer Carlos Marmol told ESPNChicago.com that he will consider adding a changeup to his repertoire in the offseason.

Next: Randy Wells (3-4, 6.05 ERA) takes on Derek Lowe (7-10, 4.78).