5 home runs aren’t enough as Cubs fall to Astros 9-6 for 5th loss in 6 games

The Cubs are learning the hard way that five home runs aren’t enough, especially at Minute Maid Park.

Alex Bregman hit two home runs Tuesday night, including a two-run shot off reliever Brad Brach with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning that snapped a tie and sparked the Astros’ 9-6 win.

The loss was the fifth in the past six games for the Cubs (30-23), who remain one-half game ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central.

But holding that margin has become more daunting, thanks to a pitching staff that has allowed 46 runs in its past six games.