The Reds were convinced after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to last place Chicago Cubs that it was simply a good night for the Cubs and start fpr Jeff Samardziji.
"We didn't do anything wrong," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They just did a lot of things right."
Samardziji (3-1) went 7 2/3 innings and allowed the one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Bronson Arroyo (1-1) went six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits. He gave up a pair of home runs -- as many as he had given up total in his previous four starts.
"Sometimes you've got no choice but to tip your cap," Baker said. "(Samardziji) was probably the best we've seen against us this year. He usually doesn't have that kind of command and control. Unfortunately, he was throwing the ball very good. He was 95-98 (mph). That was tough one there."
Right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who took the loss agreed.
"Sometimes, you tip your cap and say he just beat you," Arroyo said. "He went deeper into the game than I did. He commanded our lineup better than I did. He threw a hell of a game. He deserved to win."
The Reds need to win the series finale Thursday to salvage a decent homestand. Wednesday's loss made them 4-3.
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