Arizona at Chicago

W: M. Bolsinger (1-1) L: E. Jackson (1-2) S: A. Reed (5)
HR: ARI - None   CHC - A. Rizzo (3)

D-Backs' Bolsinger helps self with bat, gets first win in bigs wire reports

CHICAGO -- Pitching only 8 miles from where he grew up, Mike Bolsinger had more nerves than usual when he stepped on the mound at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

In front of about 20 family and friends, some of whom he hadn't seen in a long time after his family moved away when he was 10 years old, Bolsinger delivered exactly what the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks needed.

Bolsinger earned his first major-league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as Arizona beat the Cubs 5-2 Thursday.

''Every once in a while I'd look over and see my friends and family cheering me on,'' Bolsinger said. ''It was good to get the first win, but I think it was a lot better to get a big team win, especially two in a row now. Hopefully that gets something started with this club, and we can keep it rolling.''

Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Bolsinger was given the traditional beer shower by his teammates to celebrate his first win.

Addison Reed got his fifth save in six chances with a perfect ninth, and the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for only the second time this season.

After the game, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero defended manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers against critical comments about them and the team's 7-18 start.

Montero, unprovoked, said the staff doesn't deserve any blame for Arizona's record.

''They've been coming here with the best attitude and the best intentions and they've been pushing us hard, very positive,'' Montero said. ''I wanted to say that because the blame should be on us, should be on the players. We haven't played the way we're supposed to play. I wanted to take that off my chest.''

Montero hit a two-out double in the first inning off Edwin Jackson (1-2) for a 1-0 lead. Montero also had an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Jose Veras.

The Cubs got that early run back right away in the bottom half of the first. Leadoff man Emilio Bonifacio stretched a hit up the middle into a hustle double, which was reviewed when it appeared he was tagged out when he overslid the base. After a lengthy replay review, the call stood.

Following a walk, Bonifacio scored on left fielder Roger Kieschnick's error on a line drive by Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs went on to load the bases with one out on a walk, but Bolsinger struck out Mike Olt looking and got Welington Castillo to fly out.

''It was a tough [road] trip, going 3-4 on it,'' Gibson said. ''We'd like to do better than that. We're in a very tough time, and we're pressing very hard. It seemed like we came out more relaxed today, and they're feeling better about themselves.''

Cliff Pennington walked in the Arizona second and scored on Tony Campana's double. Bolsinger singled for a 3-1 lead.

''Early in the game, it felt like I was rushing a little bit,'' Jackson said. ''It was one of those days when you feel like you don't have your best stuff, so you try to make it happen. You just have to take a step back and slow the game down. I let it come to me, tried to go out and take it.''

Despite throwing 40 pitches through two innings, Jackson settled down and posted his longest outing since Sept. 10. He allowed five hits while walking two and striking out four in seven innings.

Rizzo hit a solo home run in the eighth, his third of the season.


Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo (stress fracture in left foot) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Kieschnick was recalled from Triple-A Reno. Kieschnick made his Diamondbacks debut Thursday, starting in left field and going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. ... OF A.J. Pollock (neck stiffness) was not in the starting lineup for a fourth consecutive game. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he was much improved but not where they'd like him to be. ... Cubs top pitching prospect RHP C.J. Edwards was in Chicago on Thursday to get his shoulder examined after he experienced fatigue in a bullpen session.

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Players of the Game

G. Parra
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

E. Jackson
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 4

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Gerardo Parra, RF3220101 .258
Martin Prado, 3B4000002 .234
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4111002 .330
Miguel Montero, C4022000 .276
Aaron Hill, 2B3000101 .232
Roger Kieschnick, LF4000032 .000
Cliff Pennington, SS3110110 .286
Tony Campana, CF4111000 .211
Mike Bolsinger, P3011010 .333
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a-Cody Ross, PH1000001 .045
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Ziegler in the 9th
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (10, Veras), Miguel Montero (5, Jackson), Cliff Pennington (1, Wright), Tony Campana (1, Jackson)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (14), Miguel Montero 2 (13), Tony Campana (2), Mike Bolsinger (1)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (5)
SB - Tony Campana (4, 2nd base off Wright/Castillo)
Team LOB - 4
E - Roger Kieschnick (1, Dropped line drive)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Mike Bolsinger (W,1-1) 6.2410270 5.27
Oliver Perez (H,1) 1111021 4.76
Brad Ziegler (H,1) 0.1000000 1.54
Addison Reed (S,5) 1000010 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bolsinger 97-67, Oliver Perez 19-13, Brad Ziegler 3-2, Addison Reed 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bolsinger 8-6, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Addison Reed 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Bolsinger 27, Oliver Perez 4, Brad Ziegler 1, Addison Reed 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4120002 .358
Luis Valbuena, 2B2000112 .233
   a-Darwin Barney, PH-2B1000010 .121
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4111001 .316
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000032 .221
Starlin Castro, SS3000100 .274
Mike Olt, 3B4000023 .184
Welington Castillo, C4010013 .254
Ryan Kalish, LF4000000 .222
Edwin Jackson, P2010010 .100
   b-Junior Lake, PH1000011 .236
   Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Valbuena in the 8th
b-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (6, Bolsinger), Edwin Jackson (1, Bolsinger)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (3, Perez)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (10)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Jackson-Castro-Rizzo, Jackson-Castro-Rizzo-Castro-Valbuena-Rizzo
E - Ryan Kalish (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Edwin Jackson (L,1-2) 7533240 5.02
Jose Veras 1222100 15.88
Wesley Wright 1100010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 104-64, Jose Veras 16-9, Wesley Wright 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 10-6, Jose Veras 2-0, Wesley Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 27, Jose Veras 5, Wesley Wright 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33085
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Tom Woodring