How it happened: Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, and it held up as the Cubs were limited to just five hits on the day. Jeff Samardzija and Reds starter Mat Latos threw well with Samardzija getting out of several jams, including one in the third when he struck out the side after giving up back-to-back singles. The Cubs had a chance in the eighth with runners on second and third, but Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus couldn't bring them home. DeJesus was thrown out by shortstop Zack Cozart on a great play to end the inning.
What it means: Chalk up another wasted quality outing by a starter, and this time it wasn't the defense or bullpen that let the Cubs down but an anemic offense. The Cubs played much better in Cincinnati than over the past weekend in Milwaukee but earned just one win to show for it.
Key moment: With the tying and lead runs on second and third in the eighth, Dale Sveum chose to pinch hit Soriano in the pitcher's spot. Welington Castillo and Darwin Barney were on the bench as well but Sveum went with Soriano, who struck out quickly.