Cubs fall to Reds 5-2 for 6th straight loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: May 25, 2013
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Travis Wood's impressive streak of quality starts ended with another disappointment against his former team.

This one stung a little bit more.

Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single off Wood, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Cubs 5-2 on Saturday, sending Chicago to its season-high sixth straight loss.

The Cubs are last in the NL Central at 18-30, a season-worst 12 games under .500. They have their longest losing streak since they dropped seven straight last September. And they can't find a way to beat the Reds, who have won 16 of the last 18 games in their series.

"This team has some big boys, veterans out on the field, and their pitching is some of the best in baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It's tough to score on them. We're in all the games, but you can't add on or score on their bullpen."

They've run into a team off to its best start since 1995. The Reds have won 13 of their last 16 overall, surging to 31-18.

Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off Wood (4-3), who fell to 0-2 in four career starts against his former team.

"It's not tougher to pitch against them," Wood said. "It's tougher to take when they beat you like that."

Homer Bailey (3-3) gave up a pair of runs in six innings to a lineup that rarely has a big inning. Aroldis Chapman had a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances, hitting 100 mph with one pitch that sailed to the backstop.

The Reds won the first two games of the series in front of sell-out crowds. The Reds are 19-5 against the Cubs over the last two seasons, including 7-1 this year.

Cincinnati won the series opener 7-4 on Friday with a five-run fourth inning that featured Ryan Hanigan's three-run homer. The catcher doubled home a run during Cincinnati's four-run sixth inning on Saturday.

The Reds didn't need any homers to pull away. Instead, they sent nine batters to the plate to stop Wood's impressive streak. The left-hander had nine quality starts to open the season, the best such streak by a Cubs pitcher since Mordecai Brown had 11 in 1908, the last time they won the World Series.