How it happened: Anthony Rizzo showed signs of snapping out of his mini-slump, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Travis Wood's first non-quality start of the season. Wood (4-3) allowed one run on three hits through five innings before getting roughed up for four runs on four hits while logging only two outs in the sixth, pushing his earned run average from 2.24 to 2.72. Rizzo collected three hits, including two doubles, and figured in both of Chicago’s third-inning runs. He lined a double to deep left-center field to drive in David DeJesus with Chicago’s first run and came around to score on Alfonso Soriano's single to center. Rizzo also was thrown out at second by Shin-Soo Choo from right-center field trying to stretch a two-out single into a double in the fifth.
What it means: The Cubs now have lost a season-high six games, their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from Sept. 22-Sept. 29 of last season. They fall to 1-7 in Cincinnati after going 2-4 there last season.
Outside the box: Wood’s streak of consecutive quality starts, with which he’d opened the season, was snapped at nine, the longest by a Cubs pitcher since Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown opened the 1908 season with 11, all of them complete games.
Up next: Right-hander Matt Garza will make his second start of the season since coming off the disabled list. Garza, who’d been sidelined with a strained muscle in his shoulder, allowed one hit and three walks with five strikeouts in five shutout innings on Tuesday at Pittsburgh. He left leading, 3-0, only to end up with no decision in a 5-4 Cubs loss. Garza hasn’t faced the Reds since beating them, 4-3, on Sept. 5, 2011, at Wrigley Field. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Johnny Cueto (2-0, 3.22), who will be making his second start since coming off the disabled list.