Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Nate Schierholtz drove in five runs, including
the go-ahead RBI double in the 12th inning to power the Chicago Cubs to a 7-6
win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Anthony Rizzo knocked in a run and scored three times. Junior Lake had the
other RBI for the Cubs, who have taken two of the first three contests of this
Paul Goldschmidt stroked a three-run homer for Arizona, which forced extra
innings by tying it in the ninth thanks to a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter
Arizona went 1-for-15 with men in scoring position and left 16 runners on
Martin Prado grounded into a force play to leave the bases full in the bottom
of the 10th. Arizona left two men on base in the 11th.
David Hernandez (4-6) walked Rizzo with two outs in the 12th, and he scored on
Schierholtz's double to left field.
Hector Rondon (2-0) pitched the final two innings to get the win.
Arizona, which fell 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, lost for
the fifth time in seven games.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija pitched the first 5 2/3 innings, while Ian
Kennedy threw the first five for the Diamondbacks.
David DeJesus, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the
game, doubled to start the fourth inning. Following a sacrifice bunt from
Lake, Rizzo doubled to the gap in left-center and he scored on Schierholtz's
base hit to left.
Kennedy grounded with the bases full to end the bottom of the fourth, and the
Cubs padded their lead to 6-0 in the fifth. All of the runs came with two
outs. Lake hit the gap in left-center to drive in DeJesus. After Rizzo walked,
Schierholtz belted a homer just inside the foul pole in right.
The Diamondbacks took advantage of an error on second baseman Darwin Barney to
score their first two runs in the fifth. With the bases full, Prado hit a
grounder up the middle, but the ball went between Barney's legs into center
field to score Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra. Samardzija escaped further
trouble by retiring Jason Kubel and Wil Nieves to cap the frame.
Consecutive singles from A.J. Pollock and Parra in the sixth spelled the end
for Samardzija. Blake Parker came in from the bullpen, but Goldschmidt drove a
1-1 pitch over the wall in left to get the Diamondbacks within a run.
Arizona had Prado at second base in the seventh, but James Russell stopped a
potential rally by getting Didi Gregorius to fly out to left field to end the
Pedro Strop retired the Diamondbacks in order in the eighth, but Kevin Gregg
gave up the tying run in the ninth when Ross lifted a sac fly to plate
Goldschmidt, who walked in front of Eric Chavez's single to right.
After Nieves' infield hit, Gregorius grounded out to send the game into the
10th inning. It was the 20th blown save for the Cubs this year.
The Cubs gained their 23rd road win of the year, matching the victory total
they had for all of last year in away games ... The Cubs made room for DeJesus
by optioning outfielder Dave Sappelt to Triple-A Iowa.
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