The Chicago Cubs, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games, dropped two out of three to the San Diego Padres after Thursday night's 13-3 trouncing at Wrigley Field.
Edwin Jackson (5-11) took the loss and Padres starter Tyson Ross (9-10)
"We certainly need Jackson to come out and give us a good outing today, help pick us up a little bit" Cubs manager Rick Renteria said hopefully before the game. "We're trying to obviously manage our bullpen usage. Sure, it would be great for Jackson to come out and give us a good outing."
Jackson's career record against the Padres is 0-6.
"I think he has to command the zone," Renteria said. "He has to come out and really throw his fastball right out of the get-go, with life. And I think his last three or four outings, you see it coming out there with the 94 to 96 (miles per hour) fastball. He does have command of the zone."
Jackson retired the first two batters he faced Thursday night before the wheels came off. Seth Smith singled before Yasmani Grandal tripled just into the right-field corner. Will Venable followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Cubs pulled to within 2-1 in the fourth, but stranded runners at second and third. Luis Valbuena singled home a run after Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro opened the inning with singles to put runners on the corners.
Rene Rivera hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth inning to give the Padres a 3-1 advantage. It was his seventh homer of the season.
The Cubs threatened again in the fifth inning after two outs. Arismendy Alcantara reached on an infield hit and stole second. Rizzo swung and missed at a third strike, but was safe at first as the ball got away from catcher Rivera. But Castro grounded into a fielder's choice force out to end the inning.
The Padres sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored nine runs to lead 12-1.
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