Cubs Lose 3rd in a Row, 9-3 to Reds

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CINCINNATI — Manager Rick Renteria sent a text message to Jeff Samardzija to congratulate him on his first victory as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

But Renteria realizes that Samardzija has moved on from the Cubs, who must stop a two-game losing streak Monday night at Cincinnati.

“Wer’e all controlling the things we can control,” Renteria said. “Anyone you’ve been associated with and the circumstances change for them and part of their club, we wish them well. We’re glad he’s doing well.’’

Unfortunately for the Cubs, they lost for the third time since the trade as the Reds pulled away to a 9-3 win.

Rain stopped play for 21 minutes after the top of the third inning.

The Cubs, who stranded a runner at second through each of the first three innings, finally got a clutch hit when Anthony Rizzo hit a towering two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-3.

But Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run off reliever James Russell, and Billy Hamilton hit a bases-loaded triple to cap a four-RBI performance.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first off Edwin Jackson. Hamilton drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by Todd Frazier. Brandon Phillips flied to right for a sacrifice fly to score Hamilton.

The Cubs eventually tied the game at 1 in the top of the fifth when Rizzo hit a hard grounder that grazed the glove of Bruce, who was making his first professional start at first base. Bruce was charged with an error as Chris Coghlan scored.

The Reds came back with two runs with two out in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Hamilton and Frazier hit consecutive singles to score Skip Schumaker and Ramon Santiago.

Jackson was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. He allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.

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