The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown plenty of resiliency during their current surge.
Following their second 13-inning victory this week, the Diamondbacks seek a sixth straight win Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a tying two-run homer with two outs in the 10th and Nick Ahmed drove home the winner in the 13th of Friday’s 5-4 victory. Arizona (20-21) overcame a pair of deficits to record its sixth consecutive win over Chicago.
Ahmed, who entered batting .194, had three hits. The shortstop belted his second career homer in the fifth off Jon Lester to tie the game.
”I made some improvements, made some adjustments,” Ahmed said. ”I’m starting to put the bat on the ball, starting to see it a lot better."
The Diamondbacks, who last won six straight as part of a nine-game run Aug. 23-31, 2011, began their current streak with a 3-2, 13-inning victory at Miami on Monday. After failing to hold a 2-0 advantage the next night, Arizona scored twice in the eighth en route to a 4-2 victory. It then overcame a pair of two-run deficits and another blown lead Thursday to win 7-6 and complete the four-game sweep of the Marlins.
A.J. Pollock, who doubled ahead of Goldschmidt in the 10th, recorded four hits Friday. The center fielder is 10 for 16 with seven runs in the last four games and batting .423 in seven home games versus Chicago (23-18).
The Cubs have failed to score more than four runs in any game while splitting their last six. They haven’t scored any in three of the last four when Jake Arrieta (4-4, 2.77 ERA) has been on the mound.
Arrieta has given up one run in each of his last two starts and eight hits combined, splitting them while striking out 17 in 15 innings. The right-hander fanned seven over seven during a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
”It’s one of those games where you feel like you won,” said Arrieta, who has the second-lowest ERA among Cubs starters but receives the fewest runs on average (3.12).
Chicago lost 3-2 on July 20 in his only previous appearance versus Arizona as Arrieta allowed three runs and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings.
Goldschmidt, 0 for 3 with two strikeouts versus Arrieta last season, had three hits Friday and is batting .417 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 10 career home games against the Cubs.
After coming off the bench in the last two games, teammate Aaron Hill could be in the lineup to face Arrieta, against whom he’s 6 for 14 with a homer and two doubles.
The Diamondbacks hand the ball to Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 4.08), who has gone 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and lasted at least seven innings over his last three starts. He yielded a two-run homer and no walks over nine innings of Monday’s marathon against the Marlins.
"Compete for the team," the right-hander said. "Get a W, no matter what. That means go today and pitch like how I know how to do."
He’ll get his first look at Kris Bryant, who is batting .359 with 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
Expected to start this contest, ex-Diamondback Miguel Montero went 0 for 2 with a walk off the bench Friday in his return to Arizona. The veteran catcher spent his first nine seasons there before being traded to Chicago in December.