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Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 6 (12)

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PHOENIX -- Nate Schierholtz is having the kind of season that makes contending clubs interested in dealing for him. He showed why there is such interest with a career-high five-RBI night Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs' 12-inning 7-6 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schierholtz lined a two-out double into the left-field corner in the top of the 12th to drive in the go-ahead run. He also saved a potential run with a throw from right field in the ninth inning that ultimately held Arizona to a tie and helped send the game into extra innings.

Schierholtz also hit a three-run home run. The Cubs lost a six-run lead but rallied with two out in the 12th on a walk to Anthony Rizzo followed by Schierholtz's double.

"I love being a Cub and I'm hoping to stay here but you never know what will happen in the next week," Schierholtz said. "All we can do is go out there and focus on trying to win games.

The Cubs are 5-2 on the road in extra-inning games this season.

"It's good to win after they came back like that," Schierholtz said.

Hector Rondon (2-0) pitched the 11th and 12th innings for the victory. The Diamondbacks left 16 runners on base and fell 1½ games out of first place in the NL West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

David Hernandez (4-6) took the loss after Arizona's relievers had pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt hit his 22nd home run, a three-run shot in the sixth inning.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija wasn't always sharp, but he managed to get through 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts before exiting.

"Too many pitches at that time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Samardzija ran into trouble in the first inning, loading the bases with two out on two walks and a hit. But he struck out Jason Kubel looking to end the threat.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth inning on David DeJesus' leadoff double to deep center field, followed by a sacrifice and Rizzo's RBI double. Rizzo came home to score on a single by Schierholtz.

DeJesus was in the lineup for his first game since going on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain on June 15.

After Samardzija got out of another two-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs did their damage in the fifth. With two out, DeJesus singled and scored on Junior Lake's double. Rizzo walked, then Schierholtz pulled his home run down the right field line.

That gave the Cubs a 6-0 lead, with all runs coming off Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy. The right-hander has struggled in his last three starts at home. Wednesday he lasted five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out seven.

Lake doubled in the first inning and added his RBI double in the fifth, raising his hit total to 14 in his first six games in the majors.

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the fifth when Samardzija again loaded the bases, this time with none out. With one out, Martin Prado hit a sharp ground ball up the middle that Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney let go under his glove for an error. Two runs scored, but Samardzija avoided further damage.

"The Diamondbacks do that to me every time. They have a great approach at the plate and they have a plan against me," Samardzija said. "It was a good battle out there. You just can't walk guys, it brings up your pitch count."

Arizona chased Samardzija in the sixth by putting runners at first and third with two out. Goldschmidt greeted reliever Blake Parker with a line drive home run to left field, plating three runs to make it 6-5.

"At that time you just wanted a fresh arm, but obviously that went over like a fart in a space suit," Sveum said. "We were very fortunate."

The Diamondbacks put runners on the corners with no outs in the ninth against Cubs closer Kevin Gregg. After a flyout, pinch hitter Cody Ross hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to allow Goldschmidt to score the tying run.

Gregg escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, getting Prado to ground out to end the inning.

"We fought back and made a lot of mistakes and they caught up to us," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We left a zillion guys on and not really swinging at good pitches in those situations ... we have no one to blame but ourselves."

Notes

Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero sat out a second successive game due to back pain. He felt it during batting practice before Tuesday's game and was to see a doctor Wednesday. ... Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez has 28 RBI in his past 31 starts after going his first five starts without driving in a run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... In activating DeJesus, the Cubs optioned OF Dave Sappelt to Triple-A Iowa. DeJesus most recently played three games with Mesa of the rookie league, where he went 4 for 11 with four runs scored, two doubles and a walk. ... Samardzija and second baseman Barney collided when going for a slow roller to second off the bat of Arizona's Wil Nieves in the fourth inning. Neither was hurt.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

N. Schierholtz
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF6220012 .262
Junior Lake, LF5121001 .519
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4311201 .242
Nate Schierholtz, RF6135010 .277
Starlin Castro, SS5010131 .248
Luis Valbuena, 3B5000013 .232
Darwin Barney, 2B5010013 .221
Welington Castillo, C5000031 .257
Jeff Samardzija, P3010010 .114
   a-Julio Borbon, PH1000000 .198
   b-Dioner Navarro, PH1000011 .284
Totals467117312  
a-lined out for Strop in the 9th
b-struck out for Gregg in the 11th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (16, Kennedy), Junior Lake 2 (3, Kennedy), Anthony Rizzo (29, Kennedy), Nate Schierholtz (20, Hernandez), Darwin Barney (18, Bell)
HR - Nate Schierholtz (13, Kennedy)
SH - Junior Lake (1)
RBI - Junior Lake (5), Anthony Rizzo (58), Nate Schierholtz 5 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Junior Lake (1), Nate Schierholtz 4 (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Darwin Barney (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija 5.2643550 3.94
Blake Parker (H,5) 0.1111011 3.05
Matt Guerrier (H,8) 0.2100020 4.35
James Russell (H,17) 0.1000000 2.68
Pedro Strop (H,7) 1000010 5.23
Kevin Gregg (BS,3) 2311300 2.89
Hector Rondon (W,2-0) 2100110 6.27
IBB - Goldschmidt by Kevin Gregg
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 118-70, Blake Parker 8-5, Matt Guerrier 14-8, James Russell 3-3, Pedro Strop 12-8, Kevin Gregg 40-18, Hector Rondon 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 6-7, Pedro Strop 1-1, Kevin Gregg 3-3, Hector Rondon 2-3
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 29, Blake Parker 2, Matt Guerrier 3, James Russell 1, Pedro Strop 3, Kevin Gregg 12, Hector Rondon 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF-LF6110113 .243
Gerardo Parra, RF7220011 .277
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3213410 .315
Eric Chavez, 3B5020023 .306
   Cliff Pennington, PR-2B1000100 .223
Martin Prado, 2B-3B5021105 .261
Jason Kubel, LF3000016 .237
   a-Aaron Hill, PH1000010 .262
   c-Patrick Corbin, PH1000010 .130
Wil Nieves, C6030013 .363
Didi Gregorius, SS5000104 .277
Ian Kennedy, P2000013 .135
   A.J. Pollock, LF-CF3110100 .253
Totals486125910  
a-struck out for Collmenter in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Ziegler in the 9th
c-struck out for Bell in the 11th
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (1, Gregg), Wil Nieves (5, Rondon)
HR - Paul Goldschmidt (22, Parker)
SF - Cody Ross (5)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 3 (83), Martin Prado (40), Cody Ross (28)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 3 (25)
SB - Martin Prado (2, 2nd base off Guerrier/Castillo)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Gregorius, Gregorius-Harris-Prado-Goldschmidt
E - Didi Gregorius (8, Misplayed grounder), Martin Prado (7, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 5662271 5.22
Josh Collmenter 2100010 2.68
Will Harris 1100000 2.03
Brad Ziegler 1100000 2.33
Heath Bell 2100030 4.02
David Hernandez (L,4-6) 1111110 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 92-59, Josh Collmenter 34-23, Will Harris 13-8, Brad Ziegler 14-9, Heath Bell 34-20, David Hernandez 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-4, Josh Collmenter 4-2, Will Harris 1-1, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Heath Bell 1-2, David Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 23, Josh Collmenter 8, Will Harris 3, Brad Ziegler 4, Heath Bell 7, David Hernandez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21141
Game Time - 4:17
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth