The Cubs nearly rallied all the way from a three-run deficit Wednesday night, but two mishaps lingered in a 6-5 loss to the Marlins that snapped their five-game winning streak.
John Lackey shouldered some of the blame by allowing a two-run single to J.T. Riddle with pitcher Jose Urena on deck that capped a three-run fourth inning.
“That at-bat to (Riddle) with two runners on with the pitcher coming up, I wasn’t really trying to throw a strike there,” Lackey recalled. “I was trying to throw a chase slider in and hung that pitch a little bit.
“It probably was the difference in the game.”
Lackey allowed solo home runs to J.T. Realmuto that started the three-run fourth...