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Olt powers Cubs past Diamondbacks

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Olt had a three-run home run and Jason 
Hammel held Arizona to just one run on four hits in the Chicago Cubs' 9-2 rout 
of the Diamondbacks in the second test of a four-game set from Wrigley Field. 

Hammel  (3-1)  went seven innings for  the third straight start and added four 
strikeouts to help Chicago to its first two-game winning streak of the season. 
The Cubs have won three of four overall. 

"It's  simple math, if  you don't let any body on base you don't have to worry 
about  giving up runs," Hammel said of keep Arizona off the basepaths for much 
of his outing. 

Justin  Ruggiano  and Nate Schierholtz had  two RBI apiece while Luis Valbuena 
recorded two hits, an RBI and three runs scored in the triumph. 

Brandon  McCarthy (0-4)  remained winless on the season after striking out six 
in five frames. Four of the five runs charged to McCarthy were unearned. 

Tuffy  Gosewisch's first hit of the season left the ballpark to supply Arizona 
with  its  first run  in the sixth  inning, and Paul  Goldschmidt added an RBI 
single in the ninth. 

The Diamondbacks own the worst record in the majors at 5-18. 

"This  is just  a different  animal right  now," McCarthy  said of  his team's 
struggles.  "Everybody  has their answers and  I don't know what the right one 
is. Everybody's looking and searching and doing everything they can do, but it 
just keeps happening and happening." 

Schierholtz made it 1-0 with his RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 
third inning. Valbuena doubled earlier in the frame and scored the first run. 

Chicago  opened it up  with four runs in the fifth. Valbuena started the rally 
with  a single,  Anthony Rizzo reached on Martin Prado's error and Schierholtz 
plated  the  game's second  run with  a sacrifice fly  to right. After Starlin 
Castro's  single put two  on, Olt took a 3-1 pitch out to right-center for his 
fourth homer of the season. 

Gosewisch  opened  the sixth with his  first career longball to put Arizona on 
the  board, but  Chicago pushed four more  across in the eighth. Castro was on 
second  with  two outs  when Jeff Baker  walked and Ryan  Kalish reached on an 
infield  single to load the bases. J.J. Putz walked Valbuena to force in a run 
and  Ruggiano plated two  with his single to right. Rizzo's RBI single made it 
9-1. 

                                   Game Notes 

Prado's  error was  his fifth  of the  season ...  Chicago went  5-for-14 with 
runners in scoring position ... The Cubs will look to win their third straight 
on Wednesday when they send Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija to the hill to 
oppose Wade Miley. 

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