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05/24 00:53 CDT Rizzo drives in 6, Cubs rally late to beat D-Backs 9-6
Rizzo drives in 6, Cubs rally late to beat D-Backs 9-6
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) --- Anthony Rizzo matched his career high with six RBIs and the
Chicago Cubs snapped the Arizona Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak with a
9-6 victory Saturday night.
Rizzo doubled in three runs in the Cubs' four-run fifth inning, then broke a
6-6 tie with a three-run homer into the Chase Field swimming pool area off
Enrique Burgos (0-2) in the ninth.
Jason Motte (2-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning to get the win. Pedro Strop
pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
The Cubs, losers 5-4 in 13 innings Friday night, scored five runs in the final
Rizzo's six RBIs tied a career best set on Sept. 16, 2012.
David Peralta doubled in three runs, and Tuffy Gosewisch homered for Arizona.
The Diamondbacks led 6-4 through seven, but Starlin Castro singled with two
outs in the eighth, Oliver Perez hit Miguel Montero with a pitch and Jorge
Soler doubled both runners home.
In the ninth, Dexter Fowler singled with one out and Kris Bryant reached on an
error on third baseman Yasmany Tomas to set up Rizzo's ninth home run of the
The Cubs coughed up a lead earlier.
Arizona's Rubby De La Rosa cruised through four scoreless innings before the
Cubs erupted in the fifth. After De La Rosa hit Bryant to bring in a run, Rizzo
followed with a double off the left-field wall, clearing the bases and putting
Chicago up 4-2.
The lead didn't last long.
With one out and a runner on first in Arizona's fifth, Nick Ahmed hit a soft
grounder to short for what looked to be an easy inning-ending double play. But
second baseman Addison Russell dropped the sort toss from shortstop Starlin
Castro and both runners were safe. Diamondbacks starter Jake Arrieta walked
Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases, and David Peralta doubled deep in the
right-field gap to bring all three runners home and put Arizona back on top 5-4.
Gosewisch's shot into Arizona's bullpen down the left-field line made it 6-4.
Both of his career homes have come against the Cubs.
Diamondbacks: RH reliever David Hernandez, coming back from Tommy John surgery,
pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Mobile Friday night. He is to pitch
again Monday and could join the big league club later next week.
Cubs: RHP Jason Hammel (3-1, 270 ERA) tries to salvage the final game of the
series for the Cubs. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 in his last five starts. The team
goes to San Diego for the final three games of Chicago's six-game western trip.
Diamondbacks: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.52) looks to complete the sweep for
Arizona. Hellickson is winless in four starts at Chase Field.