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San Diego Padres first baseman Tommy Medica (14) hits an RBI double into the ivy off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada in the fifth inning Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Wrigley Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Walks doom Cubs in 8-3 loss to Padres

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs can't complain about the pitching help they've received from Triple-A Iowa.

But left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada couldn't come close to duplicating his first major league start when he didn't allow an earned run in five innings at Cincinnati on July 8.

Wada wasted Luis Valbuena's three-run, game-tying home run in the fourth inning as he allowed two runs in the fifth, and control problems left the Cubs with an 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Cubs pitchers walked a season-high 11 batters. Justin Grimm walked three during a three-run eighth.

Wada, hoping to secure the fifth spot in the rotation, quickly trailed 2-0 in the first. Wada walked Chris Denorfia, a .240 hitter, to start the game, and newly acquired Yangervis Solarte hit a triple to score Denorfia, and Carlos Quentin followed with a sacrifice fly.

In the top of the fourth, Jeff Francoeur hit a single and scored on a double by Chris Nelson.

Wada's four walks hurt him through out his four-plus innings. He walked Solarte and Quentin to start the fifth and was pulled after Tommy Medica hit a double.

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