PHOENIX (Ticker) -- One day after nearly being no-hit, the
responded with one of their best offensive games of the season.
each drove in four runs as the Diamondbacks rolled to a 13-2 rout of the
In Friday's series opener, the Diamondbacks were held hitless by
for 7 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss. It marked the eighth time in the last 13 games that Arizona was held to two runs or less.
"I don't know what the difference was (from last night) but I really liked it," Arizona manager
said. "We had some real aggressive hacks today, some patient at-bats and got some good pitches to hit and when they did, they got some good whacks."
"The balls that they hit at them last night, today they just found holes," Cubs manager
The Diamondbacks found their offense in this one, with Hammock and Bautista leading the way. Hammock delivered two-run doubles in the fourth and fifth innings. Bautista had an RBI single in the fifth and slugged a three-run homer in the sixth.
Hammock and Bautista - the seventh and eighth batters - combined to go 5-for-7 and also scored five runs.
added three hits and
two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who fell one run shy of matching their season high.
Arizona pulled within 2 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the race for the National League wild card.
(8-7) benefited from the offensive outburst and allowed two unearned runs and five hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out three.
(7-10) was pounded for seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"No excuses, I felt pretty good," Estes said. "I don't think you can ever feel too strong. Other then today's results, the last four starts when I started throwing my slider, my numbers were really good and I kept the team in the game."
The Diamondbacks took the lead in the third on an error by Cubs center fielder
that allowed Cintron to score. It was Lofton's first error in 265 games, ending the longest errorless streak in the majors.
Estes ran into more trouble in the fourth as
led off with a double and
singled. Hammock followed by lacing a two-run double into the left-center field gap, extending the lead to 3-0. Kata capped the inning with an RBI double.
"Anytime you put together timely two-out hits that definitely a plus sign," Hammock said. "I am just trying to stay behind the ball and see it and slow down and hit it hard."
In the fifth, the Diamondbacks pushed across six more runs, sending 10 batters to the plate. Hammock again had the big blow, stroking another two-run double into the left-center field gap that made it 7-0.
Bautista and Cintron had run-scoring singles, Kata an RBI triple and Spivey drove in a run with a double as the Diamondbacks opened a commanding 10-0 advantage.
"The more you play the more comfortable you are going to feel," said Bautista, who has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons. "I have to understand the situation we have with all the guys here."
The Cubs got on the board in the sixth, when Troy O'Leary bounced into a double play to plate a run and
delivered an RBI double.
But in the bottom of the inning, Bautista sent a 1-0 pitch from
over the left field wall for his second homer of the season.