After popping up a sacrifice bunt attempt that landed in the glove of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija snapped his bat over his leg before retreating to the dugout Monday night.

Samardzija's frustration was understandable, given his failure to help his cause and the lack of offensive support he has received throughout most of the season.

But Samardzija was willing to take on more than his share of the angst that was felt throughout the clubhouse after the Reds rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to pull away to a 6-1 win and hand the Cubs their third consecutive loss.

Representatives from several teams, including the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Angels, were able to assess Samardzija's ability to work out of early jams and limit the Reds to four hits.

However, the scouts watched Samardzija for only six innings because his pitch count reached 107, including 23 in the first.

"I'm frustrated with myself," Samardzija said after lowering his ERA to 2.53 but departing with his eighth no-decision in 16 starts. "Not saving those pitches early in the game, which in turn is making my outings shorter and not getting deep into the game like I want. But I feel great. We're out there and guys are battling."

Samardzija was disappointed, however, that he didn't execute a sacrifice bunt in the third after Darwin Barney had doubled. Samardzija was facing a loss until Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run off Alfredo Simon in the sixth.

"You got a guy like (Chris) Coghlan who has been swinging it well behind you, and you want to get that guy over (to third base)," Samardzija said. "And then (Coghlan) comes up and hits a perfect sacrifice fly if (Barney is) on third. It's my fault."

Samardzija's teammates were just as guilty of lack of execution after Rizzo led off the fourth with a single and advanced to third on a double by Starlin Castro, only to be left stranded.