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Jackson's homecoming bittersweet

Jackson's homecoming bittersweet

ATLANTA -- Cubs starter Edwin Jackson did not receive much run support in a 5-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, but he had plenty of supporters.

Jackson, who was born while his father, Edwin Sr., was stationed in Germany as a military cook, moved to Columbus, Ga., when he was eight years old. A few of Jackson's loved ones made the short trip to Atlanta to watch him pitch Sunday.

"It feels good to come home and have some of the family and friends who don't really get to see you play all the time," Jackson said.

Johnson put on a good show for his fans, giving up only three runs in six strong innings. Although he took the loss, the outing marked the right-hander's third quality start in his past four outings.

Jackson also notched a base hit and finished 1-for-2. Had he not smacked a line drive right at Braves left fielder Ryan Doumit in the fifth, he might have achieved his fifth career multihit game and first since Sept. 4, 2012.

"Just perfect placement on their part," Jackson said. "Just trying to go up there and hit something hard and help yourself out a little bit, but that's the game."

Although Jackson was disappointed that he could not get the victory in front of his hometown supporters, he feels they likely enjoyed themselves otherwise.

"They had some pretty good seats," Jackson said with a laugh. "I don't think there can be too many complaints today. I unfortunately wasn't able to come out and get a win, but life goes on. Just continue to battle, continue to work."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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