Bote, Rizzo homer in 9th to lift Cubs over D-Backs 7-6
David Bote hit a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo followed two pitches later with a winning home run and the Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Bote was called up when Bryant was put on the DL because of inflammation in his left shoulder. Bote drove a thigh-high 0-2 fastball about a half-dozen rows in the bleachers in left-center for his second home run this season, tying the score 6-6.
”It was a great feeling,” Bote said. ”Just seeing it go out, tied game. Of course, Rizzo hitting that ball to walk off was incredible.”
Rizzo took a strike, then sent a thigh-high changeup to the top of the bleachers in right-center for his 13th homer, but first since June 24.
”It felt good, that was a nice win,” Rizzo said.
Boxberger (1-4) blew a save for the fifth time in 29 chances. He had walked pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist starting the ninth.
”I felt like the ball was coming out good today,” Boxberger said ”I felt like I had a good plan.”
Nick Ahmed hit his first career grand slam in the fifth, an inning after Alex Avila’s two-run homer, as the Diamondbacks built a 6-1 lead.
”We were unable to get shutdown innings when they got some scratch runs,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ”You give a team like that an extra beat, and they’re going to take advantage of it.”
Chicago got two runs in the fifth on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single and run-scoring grounder by Albert Almora Jr., who reached when third baseman Daniel Descalso allowed his potential inning-ending, double-play grounder to bounce away for an error.
”Our guys did not stop.” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”It’s tough because they really have a good bullpen.”
Eddie Butler (1-1), the fifth Chicago reliever, retired Jon Jay on a flyout that stranded two runners in the ninth.
Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood allowed four runs, five hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. Chatwood leads the major leagues with 85 walks and has a 7.71 ERA in his last five starts.
Godley gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
RHP Matt Andriese joined the Diamondbacks, a day after he was acquired from Tampa Bay. RHP Randall Delgado was designated for assignment. Manager Torey Lovullo said Andriese (3-4, 4.07 in 27 games with Tampa Bay) would be used in roles ranging from three outs to three innings.
Bote was recalled from Triple-A Iowa for the fifth time this season. He saved a run with the bases loaded in the second when he slid to his left to grab David Peralta’s grounder.
Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb left in the third because of a bruised left shoulder. He’ll travel with the team to San Diego and be evaluated on Friday.
Cubs: INF Javier Baez was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight day because of a bruised left knee. He pinch hit in the sixth and remained in the game at shortstop.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (11-5, 3.05) faces RHP Luis Perdomo (1-5, 6.99) at San Diego on Friday to begin a three-game series.
Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 3.73) takes the mound against Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (11-6, 4.65) in the opener of a three-game set in St. Louis on Friday.
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