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Jackson struggles as Cubs lose to Brewers

– Cubs starter Edwin Jackson said he was thinking about things he shouldn’t have been during Chicago’s 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

For now, he doesn’t have to ponder being pulled from the rotation.

Jackson lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs before being lifted for Jacob Turner, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his Cubs debut.

Jackson has lost six of his last seven decisions and his ERA has risen to 5.74.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria was asked if Jackson (6-12) might lose a start or two to give Turner or other young pitchers a chance.

“Not necessarily,” Renteria said. “I don’t think that’s anything that, quite frankly, is in the forefront of what the organization’s thinking.”

Mike Fiers (2-1) struck out 14 in six scoreless innings and walked only one in his second start this season. Fiers and three Brewers relievers combined for 16 strikeouts, but the Milwaukee starter set the tone.

“You could see it right off with him, the first couple of innings,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “You see how guys are swinging at his fastball and when you see they’re late on the fastball, you know everything is going to be working.”

DODGERS 6, BRAVES 4: In Atlanta, Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months, and Roberto Hernandez threw six strong innings to earn his first win with Los Angeles.

MARLINS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4, 10 inn.: In Miami, Marcell Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones with the winning run in the 10th inning.

NATIONALS 4, METS 1: In New York, Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a poor start to pitch seven efficient innings and Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer.

CARDINALS 4, PADRES 3: In St. Louis, pinch-hitter Jon Jay delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning and right fielder Shane Robinson threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth to help St. Louis.

ROCKIES 7, REDS 3: In Denver, Charlie Culberson hit his first homer in more than a month – a three-run shot in the fifth – and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings to lift Colorado.


ROYALS 7, ATHLETICS 3: In Kansas City, Missouri, Nori Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs in a five-run seventh, and surging Kansas City rallied to move 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.

RED SOX 9, ASTROS 4: In Boston, Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning that sent Boston to its fourth straight win.

RAYS 6, RANGERS 3: In Arlington, Texas, Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs and Jake Odorizzi helped extend Tampa Bay’s impressive road pitching streak with seven strong innings.