Jackson struggles again for Cubs in loss to Phils

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Edwin Jackson is looking to find his form again.

The Cubs right-hander struggled through 4 2-3 innings, giving up Jimmy Rollins' Phillies-record 2,235rd career hit, and Chicago lost 7-4 to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Jackson (4-7) allowed seven runs — six earned — and eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

"I did a bad job of executing my pitches," he said.

After three strong starts to begin May, where he went 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA, Jackson is 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA in his last five outings.

"I have to go back to finding my rhythm and keeping the ball down," Jackson said. "I have to go back to the basics and make pitches."

Justin Ruggiano, Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt homered for Chicago, which was trying to win consecutive road games on the same trip for the first time since last Sept. 10-11.

Domonic Brown and Chase Utley homered for Philadelphia, which has won four of five following a dismal 1-8 stretch.

The Cubs trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the fifth when Rollins set the table for a three-run inning by lacing Jackson's 3-1 pitch to right to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as the Phillies' all-time hits leader.

"It was very cool," Rollins said.

Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins' bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The entire Phillies team then came out from the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.

After the Phillies went back to their dugout, Schmidt took Rollins' hand and held it in the air. Fans cheered and gave the duo a standing ovation as fireworks erupted from the large video board in left field.

"I told him, 'Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

Upon leaving the field, Schmidt was stopped in the dugout by the slumping Brown, who asked for a hitting lesson. Schmidt said he told Brown to drive through the ball with his left hand.

Minutes later, Brown broke the game open with a three-run homer to right, his fourth of the season after hitting 27 last year, that put Philadelphia ahead 7-3 and chased Jackson.

"It just wasn't his day," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "The one inning kind of got away from us. He battled in that inning. He was one strike away. Once again we came up short."

David Buchanan (2-3), in his fifth start for injured lefty Cliff Lee (elbow), allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

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