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PHOENIX (CBS) — The slumping Cubs added another notch to the loss column Friday night, falling 8-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
The Cubs have now lost six straight and 10 of 11.
The Cubs’ performance was limited to three runs and four hits at the hands of Arizona starter Ian Kennedy, although he also walked six in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out five.
Dave Sappelt homered for the Cubs, and Cubs’ Travis Wood (6-13) allowed five runs and five hits over five innings. Wood struck out three and walked two in his second straight loss.
For Arizona, Aaron Hill and A.J. Pollock had RBI doubles and Adam Eaton added a run-scoring single.
Eaton doubled to lead off the game and Pollock followed with a double to right-center to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Arizona’s Cody Ransom homered to left with one out in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Sappelt hit his second home run in four days, a two-out shot to left-center field, to tie the game 2-2 in the fifth but Hill drove home Kennedy, and Justin Upton followed with a towering two-out homer to left to put Arizona back in front 5-2.
Starlin Castro doubled home Alfonso Soriano in the sixth for the Cubs’ final run.
The Diamondbacks added three runs in the eighth against Jaye Chapman, the first scoring on a throwing error by second baseman Darwin Barney — his second of the season and first since April 17.
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