#Cubs notes: EJackson saves ‘pen; Ross robbed of HR
* Edwin Jackson won’t get credit for a hold or a save, but he was the hero Tuesday. Jackson threw 3 2/3 innings in relief and saved the bullpen after starter Jon Lester was lifted.
“That’s as good as you’re going to see Eddie Jackson pitch right there,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Everything was working — the sinker, the fastball, the two-seam, slider, curve, change. You can see when he gets into a nice rhythm there, he really gets very assertive and aggressive. When he’s like that, his stuff is as good as anybody’s.”
Lester also complimented Jackson, who is being used full time as a reliever this season.
“The real story tonight is ‘E’ picking me up, picking this team up, picking the bullpen up,” Lester said. “That’s huge. That’s unreal for him to come in and do what he did. He saved our bullpen. That’s awesome on his part.”
* David Ross was not too happy that the Tigers’ Rajai Davis robbed him of a home run with a leaping catch in the second.
“That’s not supposed to get caught to the backup catcher — those are supposed to go out,” Ross said. “I told him it’s our strength and conditioning guy’s fault, Tim Buss. We should’ve done a couple extra sets in Spring Training.”
Ross had a brief, light-hearted exchange with Davis at the plate.
“I was like, ‘C’mon, man, the backup catcher?'” Ross said. “He’s like, ‘My bad.’ It’s baseball. It’s all fun. They have a good club. We’ll come back tomorrow and play better.”
The Tigers also made a key defensive play in the fifth when Junior Lake was thrown out at home.
“They really kind of beat us with their defense,” Maddon said. “[If Ross homered] that could’ve changed the momentum of the game. Great play by Davis and the play at the plate [by Yoenis Cespedes]. Those are two huge plays. I know they’ve been playing better defense and it showed up. Cespedes, I’ve seen him make good throws before. I’ve seen Davis go over walls in Toronto. Neither was a surprise.”
* Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-3 to end his hitting streak at 12 games.
* Kris Bryant singled in the first, and now has a five-game hitting streak.
* Jake Arrieta starts on Wednesday in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 6:08 p.m. CT.
— Carrie Muskat