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Cubs, Cardinals fall on road; White Sox snap skid

Soler strong in first start

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:57 p.m. CDT
(Al Behrman)
The Cubs' Jorge Soler follows through on an RBI single Wednesday against the Reds in Cincinnati. Soler also homered in his major league debut, but the Cubs lost 7-5.

Skip Schumaker drove in a pair of runs, and the Reds withstood Jorge Soler’s first-at-bat homer and an RBI single Wednesday to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 in Cincinnati.

Soler, a 22-year-old prospect from Cuba, got a 9-year, $30 million deal from the Cubs. He was called up on Wednesday, started in right field, and batted fifth. After Luis Valbuena led off the second inning with a homer off Mat Latos (5-3), Soler hit a 2-1 pitch into the Reds’ bullpen in center field.

Soler also had an RBI single off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

Latos pitched into the eighth and gave up four runs while fanning a season-high 10 batters. Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 28th save.

Jacob Turner (4-8) made his first start for the Cubs and lasted only 3 2/3 innings.

White Sox 3, Indians 2: Jose Abreu hit a pair of run-scoring singles against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, and Chicago won at home to stop a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Abreu put Chicago ahead for good in the seventh with his third hit of the game. Adam Eaton doubled with one out off Kluber (13-8), advanced on Alexei Ramirez’s groundout, then Abreu drove in his AL-high 96th run.

Hector Noesi (8-9) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 5-2 in eight starts since the All-Star break.

Pirates 3, Cardinals 1: Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, and Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright as Pittsburgh won at home.

Davis hit his 10th homer in the second, a drive estimated at about 433 feet, after Wainwright hit Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Locke (6-3) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, giving up Matt Holliday’s third-inning homer.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions, and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1˝ games, and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth.

Locke also singled in the third and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly, just the 11th hit for the pitcher in 98 career at-bats. Mark Melancon pitched a one-hit ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

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