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Cubs have scored one run in five straight games

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The Cubs have lost three games in a row, and some ground to the Cardinals in the standings in the process, but what they’ve done over the past five games is a heck of a thing: they’ve scored exactly one run in each game.

What’s more, they’ve scored one run in the exact same way in each game: via a solo homer. The rundown:

Thursday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Ian Happ solo shot
Friday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Saturday: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 — Ben Zobrist solo shot
Sunday: Pirates 2-, Cubs 1 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Tuesday: Tigers 2, Cubs 1 — Anthony Rizzo solo shot

It’s a tribute to Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and the Cubs’ pen that they won two of those contests, but boy howdy, is scoring one run a game not a great way to go through life, son. Nor is going 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position, which is what Chicago has done over its last five games.

Daniel Murphy will join the club today. He’s been hot lately. They could use him.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.