The Diamondbacks could be primed for another big day against struggling Carlos Villanueva on Thursday night when they try to gain a split of this four-game series in Arizona.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run home run and Cody Ross added a game-tying sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as Arizona (52-49) rallied from a six-run deficit to send Wednesday's game into extra innings.
Nate Schierholtz , however, capped a career-best, five-RBI performance with a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Cubs (45-54) to a 7-6 victory.
"It's good to win after they came back like that," Schierholtz said.
Arizona dropped 1 1/2 games behind surging Los Angeles in the NL West.
Despite stranding a season-high 16 runners on Wednesday, the Diamondbacks have totaled 16 runs and 26 hits in their last two games. They had nine and 36, respectively, over their previous five.
"We left a zillion guys on and not really swinging at good pitches in those situations," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have no one to blame but ourselves."
Arizona, hitting .255 overall, has batted .301 and averaged 6.7 runs in splitting six games with Chicago. Goldschmidt has played a key role in that effort, going 9 for 18 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games against the Cubs.
The Diamondbacks hope to continue that production against Villanueva (2-6, 4.16 ERA), who is winless in eight starts. The right-hander matched a season high by allowing seven runs over four-plus innings and issued a season-high four walks in a 9-3 loss at Colorado on Saturday."He got through the first few innings, but there was still no fastball command at all," manager Dale Sveum said. "He's got to be able to start up his fastball a lot more than he is so his breaking stuff is going to be a lot more effective."
Villanueva will make his first career start versus the Diamondbacks, though he's 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He's allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings against them this season.
Arizona starter Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03), meanwhile, hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine outings.
The left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA over that stretch, though he lasted just four innings - his shortest stint since May 25 - and allowed two runs in a 4-3 loss at San Francisco on Saturday.
Miley pitched well in his only career home start against the Cubs, allowing one run and three hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win June 24, 2012. However, he was tagged for three home runs and seven runs over seven innings in a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 31.
Soriano, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, is expected back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off. He had gone 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in the previous two games.
Junior Lake went 2 for 5 with two doubles in his third straight multihit effort, and the third baseman is 14 for 27 (.519) while hitting safely in his first six major league games.
|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 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|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) -- Aaron Hill was held out of the starting lineup the past two games, a batting slump the main reason for his temporary benching.
The reserve role must have helped the second baseman, who drove in two runs with a homer and a double in the Arizona Diamondbacks ' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
"I didn't expect two days in a row," Hill said of manager Kirk Gibson 's decision to rest him. "I'm not going to fight him. He was going to give me two days and that's fine.
"You still do your work, and hopefully it works out the next day whenever you're in there," Hill added. "He jokingly, he gave me the ball (after the game) and said he's going to give me two days off."
The game took a back seat to the impending trade of Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano , who was taken out of the original lineup because a deal with the New York Yankees was being finalized Thursday. Soriano, who is batting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs in his seventh season with the Cubs, had yet to be dealt by the conclusion of the game, though he missed his second straight game while the club continued to work out the deal.
Soriano was scheduled for a redeye flight to New York, however, and said goodbye to his teammates in the visiting clubhouse after the game. He spoke with his agent and was told he could go to New York and wait for the trade to be made official there.
"I don't know what the Cubs get, but I'm happy and think they are happy, too," Soriano said. "They are getting something back and I am happy going back to New York, where I started my career.
"The thing that was more difficult for me was leaving my teammates, my family."
Hill's first-inning double into the left-field corner plated Adam Eaton from first base with the Diamondbacks' first run. He hit his fifth home run of the season in the fifth, leading off the inning with a blast to left field.
Hill entered the game in a 4-for-31 slump over his previous eight games.
Wade Miley (7-8) worked 7 2-3 innings and didn't give up a run until the seventh. He allowed only five hits and struck out four despite being hit in his right knee with a batted ball in the third inning.
"You got adrenaline. You don't really feel it too much out there," Miley said. "I was just trying to go after guys and keep us in the ballgame."
Miley forced two broken bats in his last inning. He left to a standing ovation with a runner on third base in the top of the eighth.
"We needed that," Gibson said. "Helped us rest the bullpen."
Back-to-back, ground-rule doubles by Wil Nieves and Cliff Pennington gave Arizona a 2-0 lead. Pennington's hit was just out of the reach of Cole Gillespie , Soriano's replacement in left field.
Without Soriano, the Cubs' lineup lacked punch. Chicago scored its only run when Wellington Castillo doubled in Gillespie.
"You just don't fill that void," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "I know it impacted a lot of people on that field."
Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado was shaken up when slid headfirst into second base on a hustle double. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro 's leg jostled Prado's head as Castro came down from midair.
Prado remained in the game.
Brad Ziegler , who only since the All-Star break has been the Diamondbacks' regular closer, picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. But that inning included a ground-rule double for Nate Schierholtz after a fan reached over the yellow line above center field and caught the ball.
Fan interference was called, and the Cubs couldn't push across any runs.
"You've got to win close games, too," Gibson said. "It's good when your bullpen comes in and does the job."
Carlos Villanueva (2-7) took the loss after lasting five innings and allowing three runs and six hits.
NOTES: Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero missed his third straight game, but medical tests revealed only an inflammation in his lower back and nothing more serious. He's day-to-day. ---- Ziegler has held opponents scoreless in 11 straight home games since May 27 and is 3-0 with four saves. ---- Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton ran through the stop sign from third base coach Matt Williams when he scored. "It wasn't a very smart play but we got away with one there," Gibson said. ---- Cubs OF Junior Lake has 15 hits through his first seven games as a major leaguer after an infield hit in the sixth. That hit total is the most by any Cubs player in that amount of games of a debut since at least 1916.