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Castro, Soto propel Cubs past struggling Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- Shortly after pulling off a pair of early-game escapes, Tom Gorzelanny half-jokingly told manager Lou Piniella he had just walked more in one game than Seattle's Cliff Lee had all season.

He was close. Gorzelanny actually matched Lee's total with six in five innings.

Not that it mattered. The way he was pulling off escapes and the rest of Chicago's pitchers were making hitters miss, the walks could be tolerated.

Gorzelanny got out of one jam in the first inning, a bigger one in the third and the Cubs struck out 12 in a 9-4 win over the still-struggling Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

"You get where you put yourself in bad situations and you have to find a way to get out of it," Gorzelanny said after his first win since May 19. "Today, I was just good enough to work my way out."

Chicago gave Gorzelanny some rare support early, roughing up Ian Kennedy (3-7) for four runs the first two innings. Kosuke Fukudome led off the game with a homer, Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto drove in two runs each from the bottom of the order, and Alfonso Soriano capped it with his 800th career RBI with a home run in the ninth.

Those nine walks? Unseemly, but the Cubs were able to work around it. For a team that's won just six times in 17 games, they'll take a W any way they can get it.

"It was a good game for us," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Offensively, we put some runs on the board, we hit the ball with some power, we hit with men on base. Good to see. As far as our pitching was concerned, outside of walking quite a few people, we did a nice job."

The Diamondbacks had been swinging and missing a lot this season, with 100 more strikeouts than the next closest team in the majors, including 28 combined in a pair of losses to the Dodgers over the weekend.

Chicago was fourth in the majors with 634 strikeouts, so there figured to be a lot of flailing.

There was. Arizona whiffed at least a dozen times for the third straight game, including eight of the last nine outs to push its season total to 773.

What hurt the Diamondbacks more was the inability to capitalize on the walks. Arizona was 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and got one run on two bases-loaded chances in the first three innings to lose its third straight under interim manager Kirk Gibson after winning in his debut.

"For me, the most frustrating part is I want the guys to feel the success for the work they have put in, but the game just doesn't do that sometimes," Gibson said. "That is kind of the way things have been going around here now, but we are identifying that area that we need to make an adjustment."

Gorzelanny did the best escape work, pitching out of walk-induced jams in the first and third innings.

The left-hander got out of a bases-loaded spot in the first by striking out LaRoche after a pair of two-out walks. In the third, Gorzelanny walked the bases loaded with no outs, but allowed just one run on Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly.

Gorzelanny gave up a leadoff homer to LaRoche in the fourth inning and Johnson made it 5-3 with an RBI triple in the fifth. That was it, though. Gorzelanny was done the next inning, lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing three runs on five hits.

"Today, I should have gone out there a little bit better," Gorzelanny said. "I was just trying to do too much. It was one of those days where I was kind of battling everything."

Kennedy knows how hard it can be to work around walks. He set a team record with nine in his last outing, a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay on June 26.

The right-hander rediscovered the strike zone against the Cubs, walking none in 5 2/3 innings. He just couldn't miss their bats.

Fukudome started it off, breaking a 1 for 10 slump on Kennedy's fourth pitch, launching it into the balcony in center for his seventh homer of the season.

Castro followed two leadoff singles in the second inning with a two-run triple off the wall in center, and Soto made it 4-0 with a run-scoring double hit even harder to nearly the same spot.

First-time All Star Marlon Byrd knocked in a run on a groundout in the fifth, then two more came across in the sixth on Soto's RBI double and a run-scoring single by pinch hitter Mike Fontenot. That put the Cubs up 7-4 and chased Kennedy, who allowed seven runs on nine hits to push his winless streak to eight starts.

"I'm pretty sure that every time I went behind, fell behind they either got on either by a single or extra-base hit," Kennedy said. "It is frustrating because you can't do that and I know that, but it got me today."

Notes
  • Fukudome's homer was Chicago's first to lead off a game this season.
  • Arizona LF Cole Gillespie made a spectacular catch in the fourth inning, diving toward the wall on a ball hit by Aramis Ramirez that went over his head.
 
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Tom Gorzelanny and five other Cubs pitchers combine to strike out 12 Diamondbacks. (AP)
Tom Gorzelanny and five other Cubs pitchers combine to strike out 12 Diamondbacks. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Soto
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3221211 .267
Ryan Theriot, 2B5010003 .275
Marlon Byrd, CF5001012 .304
Tyler Colvin, LF4000012 .271
Xavier Nady, 1B3210020 .238
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4110001 .178
Starlin Castro, SS4112020 .271
Geovany Soto, C4232010 .277
Tom Gorzelanny, P1000000 .158
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1011000 .302
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b- Alfonso Soriano, PH1112000 .277
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals35911928  
a-singled for Gorzelanny in the 6th
b-homered for Marshall in the 9th
Batting
2B - Geovany Soto 2 (12, Kennedy, Kennedy)
3B - Starlin Castro (2, Kennedy)
HR - Kosuke Fukudome (7, Kennedy), Alfonso Soriano (14, Gutierrez)
SH - Tom Gorzelanny (2)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (25), Marlon Byrd (36), Starlin Castro 2 (20), Geovany Soto 2 (23), Mike Fontenot (17), Alfonso Soriano 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Geovany Soto (8), Mike Fontenot (2)
CS - Mike Fontenot (2, 2nd base by Vasquez/Montero)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Castro-Theriot-Nady, Castro-Theriot-Nady
Chicago Cubs
Tom Gorzelanny (W,3-5) 5533641 3.31
Andrew Cashner 0.1111200 2.93
James Russell (H,2) 0.1000000 4.18
Justin Berg (H,3) 0.2000120 6.14
Sean Marshall (H,8) 1.2000030 2.03
Carlos Marmol 1000030 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 103-60, Andrew Cashner 20-7, James Russell 4-3, Justin Berg 18-8, Sean Marshall 18-14, Carlos Marmol 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 5-4, Andrew Cashner 1-0, Sean Marshall 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 24, Andrew Cashner 4, James Russell 1, Justin Berg 3, Sean Marshall 5, Carlos Marmol 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3220200 .268
Kelly Johnson, 2B3012111 .265
Justin Upton, RF4000134 .257
Miguel Montero, C2001211 .384
Mark Reynolds, 3B2000212 .220
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111026 .251
Stephen Drew, SS4010001 .268
Cole Gillespie, LF3100121 .254
Ian Kennedy, P2000010 .143
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1010000 .261
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Rusty Ryal, PH1000010 .290
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals29464912  
a-singled for Vasquez in the 6th
b-struck out for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
3B - Kelly Johnson (1, Gorzelanny)
HR - Adam LaRoche (13, Gorzelanny)
SF - Kelly Johnson (2), Miguel Montero (2)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (38), Miguel Montero (13), Adam LaRoche (54)
SB - Chris Young 2 (16, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Soto, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Soto)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Young-Johnson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ian Kennedy (L,3-7) 5.2977061 4.16
Esmerling Vasquez 0.1000000 5.08
Jordan Norberto 1000100 5.40
Chad Qualls 1000020 7.67
Juan Gutierrez 1222101 8.04
HBP - Nady (by Ian Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 97-58, Esmerling Vasquez 2-1, Jordan Norberto 15-7, Chad Qualls 11-9, Juan Gutierrez 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-5, Jordan Norberto 1-2, Chad Qualls 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 27, Jordan Norberto 4, Chad Qualls 3, Juan Gutierrez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26250
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tom Hallion