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3-run 6th propels D-backs past Cubs

Phoenix,  AZ ( - Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead RBI single as 
part  of a  three-run sixth  inning and  the Arizona  Diamondbacks topped  the 
Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set. 

The Cubs put the  tying run on third with one out against Addison Reed in the 
ninth,  but didn't  capitalize. Justin  Ruggiano worked  a walk,  stole second 
and  advanced  to third on  a Miguel Montero  throwing error, but Ryan Sweeney 
popped out in foul territory and Welington Castillo struck out to end the game 
and give Reed his 22nd save of the season. 

Paul  Goldschmidt  smacked a solo homer  for the Diamondbacks. Eury De La Rosa 
(1-0) was credited with the win after allowing a run in the top of the sixth. 

Anthony  Rizzo cracked a pair of blasts among his three RBI for Chicago, which 
has dropped nine of its last 11 games. 

The Cubs  led 4-2 before Arizona  surged ahead following the three-run sixth. 
Goldschmidt  launched his  solo shot the opposite way to right-center with one 
out.  James Russell  came on  for Chicago  starter Edwin  Jackson and  Montero 
reached  with a  bunt single. Back-to-back base hits by Mark Trumbo and Martin 
Prado  against  Brian Schlitter  (2-3),  who  replaced  Russell on  the  bump, 
loaded the bases. 

"I thought he minimized damage," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Jackson. 
"He looked very confident, very poised. I thought he threw the ball well. Well 
enough to give us a chance to win the ball game." 

Gerardo  Parra  followed with  a sacrifice  fly to  plate Montero. Zac Rosscup 
became  to fourth Cubs pitcher in the inning and Gregorius welcomed him with a 
base hit to left-center to plate Trumbo and give Arizona a 5-4 advantage. 

Earlier,  Rizzo belted a  two-run shot and Ryan Sweeney added an RBI single as 
the Cubs opened the scoring with a three-run fourth. 

RBI  singles by Gregorius and pinch-hitter Nick Evans in the fifth trimmed the 
gap  to 3-2,  but Rizzo's second blast  of the night in the sixth gave Chicago 
its 4-2 margin. 

"He killed me," Arizona starter Trevor Cahill said of Rizzo. "I should've just 
let him put the ball in play." 

                                   Game Notes 

Arizona  was 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while Chicago finished 
2-for-6  ...  Rizzo has 22 homers  this season, while Goldschmidt recorded his 
17th  ... Cahill  allowed three  runs on  four hits  and two  walks over  five 
innings, while Jackson gave  up three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 frames. 

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