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Cubs knock Diamondbacks out of first place

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PHOENIX -- Chris Rusin has been the Chicago Cubs' go-to pitcher after they make a major trade.

For the second time this season, Rusin was called up from the minors after the Cubs dealt a pitcher, and helped lead the Cubs to a 4-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

This time, Rusin replaced Matt Garza, who was traded to the Texas Rangers earlier Monday. When Scott Feldman was dealt to Baltimore earlier this month, Rusin stepped in, but did not receive a decision in an eventual 8-7 loss to Oakland.

With the trade of Garza, Rusin (1-0) again received the call to start and held the Diamondbacks scoreless until the sixth inning to pick up his first victory of the season.

"You just have to step up when they call you and be ready anytime," Rusin said. "I was ready for the opportunity and I was able to throw strikes and help our team win."

Effective from the start, Rusin, who was 8-7 at Triple-A Iowa, retired the first seven hitters in order. With one out in the third, Didi Gregorius slapped a single to right but was stranded when Tyler Skaggs struck out and A.J. Pollock fouled out to the catcher.

Through the first five innings, Rusin allowed two baserunners.

"I wasn't really pleased with my fastball command, but I guess I was effectively wild," Rusin said. "The things that got me through the five innings were getting my second pitch for strikes. I was able to throw my offspeed for strikes, which got me back into counts and be able to get weak contact and got me through the five innings."

Rusin walked Cody Ross with one out in the fifth, but Ross was doubled up when right fielder Cole Gillespie grabbed Gerardo Parra's sinking liner and fired to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the double play.

Rusin pitched into the sixth and left with runners on first and second and no outs.

In that inning, the Diamondbacks managed to score both runners. First, Martin Prado's sacrifice fly scored Gregorius, and Paul Goldschmidt drove in his 79th run of the season with an infield single.

The Diamondbacks had an opportunity to take the lead, but could not capitalize in the seventh as pinch-hitter Eric Chavez flied to center field with the bases loaded and two outs.

In the eighth and with the tying run at third with two outs, Miguel Montero struck out to end that threat.

"We'll get over this," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Right now, things are not going out way, but the guys are hustling."

Arizona's offense has struggled during its past five games, scoring only nine runs in that span. In the loss Monday night, the Diamondbacks managed six hits against six Chicago pitchers. They are hitting .194 in their past 10 games, and only .143 with runners in scoring position over their last seven games.

"Everyone is trying their best, but in this game, you fail more than you succeed," said Gregorius, who was 3 for 3 with a walk and run scored. "Look, we'll come back tomorrow and find a way to get it done."

Earlier, plate umpire Doug Eddings made sure things did not get out of control. With a history of Arizona suspensions this season for hit batters, Eddings directly addressed the issue in the Cubs' half of the fourth inning. With two outs, Skaggs hit Navarro on the right knee with a pitch. Immediately after Navarro was hit, Eddings pointed to Skaggs and then pointed to both the Diamondbacks and Cubs dugouts. While Navarro was examined by Cubs trainer P.J. Mainville, Eddings went to mound and spoke directly with Skaggs.

Notes

  • To make room on the roster for Skaggs, the Diamondbacks sent lefty Eury De La Rosa to Triple-A Reno.
  • Rusin's previous appearance against the D-backs was a 7-2 victory at Arizona last Sept. 30.
  • Lake went 4 for 5, and is 9 for 17 since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa last Friday.
 
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Chris Rusin fills in nicely after the Matt Garza trade, holding Arizona scoreless through the first five innings.  (USATSI)
Chris Rusin fills in nicely after the Matt Garza trade, holding Arizona scoreless through the first five innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Gregorius
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

J. Lake
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Junior Lake, CF5143000 .529
Starlin Castro, SS5020013 .249
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3000113 .242
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000022 .256
Cody Ransom, 3B3000101 .237
Dioner Navarro, C3111012 .287
Cole Gillespie, RF4010010 .133
Darwin Barney, 2B4110012 .224
Chris Rusin, P2110000 .500
   a-Dave Sappelt, PH1000010 .243
   b-Nate Schierholtz, PH1010000 .269
Totals35411428  
a-struck out for Parker in the 7th
b-singled for Strop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (22, Skaggs)
HR - Junior Lake (1, Skaggs), Dioner Navarro (9, Skaggs)
RBI - Junior Lake 3 (3), Dioner Navarro (20)
CS - Junior Lake (2, 2nd base by Collmenter/Montero), Anthony Rizzo (4, 3rd base by Putz/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cole Gillespie 1
DP - Gillespie-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Rusin (W,1-0) 5222240 5.40
Blake Parker (H,4) 1100010 2.66
James Russell (H,16) 0.2100200 2.70
Matt Guerrier (H,7) 0.1000000 4.46
Pedro Strop (H,6) 1100020 5.40
Kevin Gregg (S,19) 1100000 2.80
WP - Blake Parker (2), Pedro Strop (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Rusin 78-46, Blake Parker 9-7, James Russell 21-10, Matt Guerrier 2-1, Pedro Strop 15-8, Kevin Gregg 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Rusin 5-5, Pedro Strop 1-0, Kevin Gregg 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Rusin 18, Blake Parker 4, James Russell 5, Matt Guerrier 1, Pedro Strop 4, Kevin Gregg 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
A.J. Pollock, CF3000011 .249
   b-Eric Chavez, PH1000003 .297
Martin Prado, 3B3001000 .256
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4021010 .311
Aaron Hill, 2B4000021 .264
Miguel Montero, C4000011 .226
Cody Ross, LF3010100 .264
Gerardo Parra, RF3000111 .278
Didi Gregorius, SS3130100 .282
Tyler Skaggs, P1000011 .222
   c-Adam Eaton, PH-CF2100104 .185
Totals3126247  
a-announced for Collmenter in the 7th
b-flied out for Nieves in the 7th
c-walked for Skaggs in the 6th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (13, Russell), Didi Gregorius (12, Rusin)
SF - Martin Prado (4)
RBI - Martin Prado (37), Paul Goldschmidt (79)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (22)
SB - Paul Goldschmidt (10, 2nd base off Strop/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Montero-Prado, Montero-Prado-Prado-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (L,2-2) 6733062 4.11
Josh Collmenter 1100010 2.78
Tony Sipp 0000100 3.90
J.J. Putz 1000110 3.15
Will Harris 1311000 2.10
HBP - Navarro (by Tyler Skaggs)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 86-60, Josh Collmenter 10-7, Tony Sipp 5-1, J.J. Putz 15-6, Will Harris 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 8-4, J.J. Putz 1-0, Will Harris 2-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 26, Josh Collmenter 3, Tony Sipp 1, J.J. Putz 3, Will Harris 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21288
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Paul Nauert