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Ninth inning rally falls short for Cubs in 4-2 loss

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The Cubs waited until the ninth inning Tuesday to score against the Texas Rangers but came up short in a 4-2 final.
Pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out, two-run double off Rangers closer Joe Nathan after Michael Kirkman gave up a single and walk with two outs. Nathan hit Welington Castillo with a pitch to load the bases again. Darwin Barney hit a sinking line drive to center field, but Craig Gentry made a diving catch to preserve the victory for the Rangers, Nathan earning his fifth save.
Starter Derek Holland( 1-1) limited the Cubs to two hits through seven innings in getting the victory.
A crowd of 29,344 watched the season's first interleague game at Wrigley Field that brought the return of former Cubs catcher Georvany Soto and former White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski.
The teams also honored Jackie Robinson by wearing his No. 42 jersey, the honor coming a day after the rest of baseball did so on Monday--an off day for the Cubs and Rangers.
Flags also flew at half staff in memory of those killed and injured in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing.
The Rangers scored in the fourth off Cubs starter Travis Wood (1-1) when Adrian Beltre doubled and later scored on ex-Cub Jeff Baker's two-out double.
But they tallied three more in the eighth when Wood gave up a one out walk to Ian Kinsler and reliever Shawn Camp followed allowing a single to Elvin Andrus, a throwing error to first allowing Kinsler to score and a two-run home run to Beltre.
The Cubs' only hits were a first inning single by Anthony Rizzo, a fourth inning double by Alfonso Soriano, eighth inning single by Welington Castillo and ninth inning single by Starlin Castro.
Holland struck out six without issuing a walk through seven innings. Reliever Tanner Scheppers worked a scoreless eighth before the Cubs' ninth inning rally fell short.

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