The Arizona Diamondbacks can't be too happy about that.
Garza carries a career-high five-start winning streak into the opener of a four-game road set against the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
While rumors picked up Friday regarding a possible deal with Texas, Garza (6-1, 3.17 ERA) remains with Chicago (43-53) for the time being. The right-hander is still likely to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline, but he's scheduled to take the mound Monday.
"All I know is he's pitching, and I guess if we get a phone call and something changes, that's the way it is," manager Dale Sveum told MLB's official website. "He's been the ultimate pro about everything. ... He's handled it extremely well, obviously, by his performance on the mound."
Garza has recorded a 1.47 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 36 2-3 innings during his winning streak. He allowed a season-high 10 hits but managed to limit the damage July 13 in his final start before the All-Star break, surrendering two runs in 6 2-3 innings in a 6-4 win over St. Louis.
While this process surely hasn't been easy, Garza continues to remain focused on the mound.
"When (the phone) rings, then it will be real," he said. "Right now it's just rumors. It is what it is; you just keep going about your business."
The Diamondbacks (51-47) had been limited to four runs during a three-game losing streak before bouncing back Sunday with a 3-1 win at San Francisco. Martin Prado went 3 for 4 with two runs and Ross added two hits and two RBIs.
Arizona now turns to promising rookie Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 4.03), who has posted mixed results in five big league starts this year. The 22-year-old left-hander has thrown a combined 14 scoreless innings in his wins, but he owns a 7.80 ERA in his other three outings.
Skaggs didn't have his best stuff in a 7-5, 14-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 10, yielding three runs, eight hits and three walks in a season-low 4 1-3 innings.
"I missed my spot a few times and you can't do that up here," said Skaggs, who was sent down to Class A Visalia during the break in order to stay on his regular turn in the rotation. "You have to go out there and throw strikes."
Skaggs will need to be careful against Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano , who is batting .371 with 17 homers and 36 RBIs in his last 28 games in the series. Soriano is hitting .312 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs over a 19-game stretch overall.
Chicago is looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling 4-3 at Colorado on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo clubbed his 14th homer and Starlin Castro collected a season-high four hits, but the Cubs went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Chicago was 1 for 24 in such situations over the weekend.
"That's what I said coming out of the break, we've got to get better with men in scoring position," Sveum said. "Obviously we're in the same boat."
The Cubs have gone 10 for 63 (.159) with runners in scoring position during a 1-6 stretch at Chase Field.
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|July 08, 2013||Welington Castillo||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 30, 2013||Ryan Sweeney||60-Day DL||Fractured left rib|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 14, 2013||David DeJesus||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right shoulder|
|June 12, 2013||Zach Putnam||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|July 09, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Stiff right hip|
|July 01, 2013||Trevor Cahill||15-Day DL||Right hip contusion|
|June 28, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Left hand contusion|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
PHOENIX (AP) -- 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 over 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 win 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 last five games, scoring just 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 last 10 games, and just .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 win at Arizona last Sept. 30. ... Lake went 4 for 5, and is 9 for 17 since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa last Friday.