Soler homers in debut, but Cubs fall to Reds, 7-5

 

Chicago Tribune

CINCINNATI - The Cubs had their modest four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night as shoddy fielding contributed to the 7-5 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Jacob Turner, making his first start for the Cubs, lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks.

Rookie Jorge Soler hit a home run in his first major league at-bat against starter Mat Latos and drove in two runs. The Cubs rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to pull within a run at 6-5. But the Reds survived Javier Baez's warning track drive with two men on in the ninth to end the game.

At the plate

Luis Valbuena and Soler hit back-to-back homers in the second inning to make it 2-0. Soler became the first Cub to homer in his first big league at-bat since Starlin Castro on May 7, 2010, in Cincinnati against Homer Bailey.

The number

3: Errors by the Cubs, who entered the game with a .923 fielding percentage in their previous 23 games, tops in the majors.

The quote

Cubs President Theo Epstein on the progress of his rebuilding plan: "It has been a great developmental year for the organization when you look at some of our priorities in the major leagues."

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