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Reds deal Cubs fifth straight loss

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alfredo Simon yielded one unearned run through six-plus innings as the Cincinnati Reds dealt the sputtering Chicago Cubs a 4-1 loss at Wrigley Field.Two days after being shut out in both ends of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, the Cubs mustered just six hits off Simon and three Cincinnati relievers en route to a fifth consecutive defeat.The lack of offense saddled Jeff Samardzija (0-2) with yet another hard-luck loss despite the Chicago ace permitting three runs -- one earned -- and fanning seven over seven solid innings.Samardzija has received just four runs of support in four starts this season, during which he's produced a 1.29 ERA.Simon (2-1), who permitted four hits and walked two, was aided by an RBI double by Billy Hamilton and an error by Cubs second baseman Emilio Bonifacio that allowed two runs to score in the sixth."Today I think we were a little sloppy in general," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "Jeff really kept us in the ba...

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