Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

ST.LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs lost 6-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, dropping their fourth consecutive series to begin the season. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: Anthony Rizzo's two-run home run in the first inning was quickly erased when the Cardinals scored three times in the second. The Cards' scoring came on four hits and a walk off of starter Edwin Jackson, three of the hits coming with two outs. After a 46-minute rain delay the Cubs tied the game in the fourth on a two-out rally as Welington Castillo knocked in Junior Lake, who had singled earlier in the inning. But Jackson gave it right back after Peter Bourjos tripled to lead off the bottom of the inning and Matt Carpenter brought him home with a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals tacked on two more off of newly recalled reliever Blake Parker in the eighth to seal the deal, though a Junior Lake triple and Mike Olt single in the ninth scored one more for the Cubs, who left the tying runs on base.

What it means: Once again, Jackson failed to give his team a quality start as he gave up eight hits and four walks in six innings. He was actually better after the rain delay, but throwing over 50 pitches in the first two innings is a recipe for a short afternoon. He made it to six innings but still wasn’t very good. The Cubs fell to 4-8 on the season by losing 2 of 3 in every series so far. They’ve been in games, but keep coming up short in one or another aspect of the game.

Wright pitches: Lefty reliever Wesley Wright got into a game for the first time since April 4. He came in with two outs and two on in the eighth inning and got Carpenter to line out to first base.

What’s next:The Cubs will travel to New York from St. Louis before an off-day on Monday there. Then comes a two-game series against the Yankees, including a Tuesday night contest against Masahiro Tanaka. Jason Hammel will pitch for the Cubs while Alfonso Soriano will face them for the first time since being traded to New York last summer.