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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Cubs 1

CHICAGO – The Cubs lost 5-1 to the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: The White Sox jumped on starter Jon Lester for two runs in the first inning as the first three batters reached on a double, triple and single. Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu earned the RBIs. Lester shut down the Sox for the next five innings, until a Kris Bryant error opened the door for three more runs in the seventh. White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 10 and gave up five hits and one run as pinch hitter Jonathan Herrera drove in Starlin Castro in the seventh. The Cubs had one other rally off Sale, in the third inning, but Bryant struck out and Jorge Soler flew out, stranding two runners.

What it means: The Cubs went 18 innings -- until the seventh -- without scoring a run, as the offense continued a downward trend. Bryant had the toughest day against Sale. He struck out three times and also made the big miscue in the field. The Cubs have scored one run for Lester while he’s been in the game in his past four starts. That has put undue pressure on him, and he has struggled early in a couple outings, including Saturday. His first-inning ERA is 5.50, almost two runs higher than his overall ERA (3.59). Still, this one is on the offense, as the Cubs dropped their third consecutive game and fell to 46-40.

Montero leaves: Cubs catcher Miguel Montero left the game with a jammed left thumb after batting in the second inning. There was no word on the severity of the injury.

What’s next: The first half of the season comes to a conclusion Sunday, when the Cubs' Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.80) opposes lefty Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81).