It looks like Rick Renteria's message to the Cubs lasted just one day.
Following a feel-good win over the Reds on Saturday, the Cubs regressed and dropped Sunday's series finale, 8-2, in front of 27,927 at Wrigley Field.
The Reds lineup shelled starter Carlos Villanueva, collecting five two-out RBI hits in the fourth and fifth innings. Villanueva, making his third start of the season, gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings but actually lowered his season ERA from 11.37 to 10.93.
Reliever Jose Veras didn't fare much better against this Reds lineup. After lefty Wesley Wright tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings, Veras came on in the seventh and promptly gave up two homers and three more runs.
Meanwhile, on offense, the Cubs got on base, but struggled again to drive runners in. The Cubs reached safely 18 times (11 hits, six walks, hit by pitch), but scored just two runs — both coming in the seventh inning when the game was already out of hand.
Emilio Bonifacio had a double, single, walk and stolen base, while Anthony Rizzo had two singles and a pair of walks to raise his season average to .339 with a .432 OBP.
Starlin Castro singled once in his five at-bats, extending his hitting streak to 12 games at Wrigley Field, dating back to late last season. He has 15 hits in nine home games so far in 2014.