D-backs fall to Cubs in back-and-forth contest

D-backs fall to Cubs in back-and-forth contest

PHOENIX -- Anthony Rizzo drove in six runs, including three on a game-winning home run with one out in the ninth inning to power the Cubs to a 9-6 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Rizzo also hit a three-run double in the fifth, and the six RBIs matched his career high, set Sept. 16, 2012, against the Pirates. He delivered the tie-breaking homer off of D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos, launching a slider to right field.

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Weary bullpen gives up five runs to Cubs

D-backs relievers Burgos, Perez unable to hold lead

Weary bullpen gives up five runs to Cubs

PHOENIX -- A night after the D-backs used all of their relievers to pull out an extra-inning win over the Cubs, the bullpen didn't have the same good fortune trying to preserve a close game and keep the team's winning streak intact on Saturday night.

The D-backs bullpen allowed five runs in a 9-6 loss to the Cubs, with hard-throwing right-hander Enrique Burgos giving up a game-winning, three-run homer to slugger Anthony Rizzo in the ninth.

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Everything clicking for hot-hitting Pollock

D-backs outfielder worked with hitting coach Ward on pitch selection

Everything clicking for hot-hitting Pollock

PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock was out of the starting lineup Tuesday, when he sat down with D-backs hitting coach Turner Ward.

Pollock was in a bit of a slump offensively coming off an 0-for-6 day on Monday and batting just .222 during an 11-game stretch. But since Pollock entered that game Tuesday and delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer, the D-backs outfielder has returned to being a tough out for opposing pitchers.

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D-backs' aggressive baserunning paying off

D-backs' aggressive baserunning paying off

PHOENIX -- The D-backs weren't just running Friday night because they were facing Cubs starter Jon Lester. That's just the aggressive style that the club has been showing on the basepaths recently.

It may have helped that Lester struggles with pickoff throws, the reason the left-hander went nearly two years without throwing to first before he did so in April. But the D-backs have also been successful in swiping bases of late, against many opposing pitchers and catchers.

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Hellickson set to face former manager's new club

Hellickson set to face former manager's new club

PHOENIX -- Joe Maddon is still getting to know the National League, but he's very familiar with Sunday's D-backs starter, Jeremy Hellickson. The right-hander pitched for Maddon from 2010-14 in Tampa.

"He's a great kid and a big part of what the Rays did," Maddon said.

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Ahmed's walk-off single in 13th downs Cubs

Ahmed's walk-off single in 13th downs Cubs

PHOENIX -- Nick Ahmed's one-out single to left scored Tuffy Gosewisch to give the D-backs a 5-4 walk-off win over the Cubs in 13 innings Friday night at Chase Field.

The win was the fifth in a row for the D-backs, who got a one-out double by Gosewisch before Ahmed came through off Chicago reliever Zac Rosscup. The D-backs used eight relievers in the game, while the Cubs used seven in the longest game of the season for them.

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Goldy clutch as usual, but Ahmed emerges as unlikely hero

D-backs' key hits come from two very different sources

Goldy clutch as usual, but Ahmed emerges as unlikely hero

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale isn't surprised that Nick Ahmed has started to heat up offensively after a slow start to the season. And he certainly isn't shocked that slugger Paul Goldschmidt continues to come through in key situations.

On Friday night, it took heroics from both Ahmed and Goldschmidt for the D-backs to pull out a 5-4 win over the Cubs in 13 innings.

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Lamb nears return, but Tomas stands in way

D-backs will have tough decision to make at third base

Lamb nears return, but Tomas stands in way

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale knows he's going to have decisions to make when third baseman Jake Lamb comes off the disabled list.

That time is quickly approaching, as Lamb nears his return from a left-foot stress fracture he sustained on April 21. In his absence, Yasmany Tomas has filled in nicely at third, raising his batting average to .349 by collecting multiple hits in the last six games of the D-backs' most recent road trip.

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Montero unfamiliar with being visitor at Chase

Cubs catcher at former home field for first time in regular season

Montero unfamiliar with being visitor at Chase

PHOENIX -- Cubs catcher Miguel Montero got to sleep in his own bed Thursday night for the first time since Spring Training, but the former D-back found himself in unfamiliar surroundings in the visitors' clubhouse at Chase Field.

Montero was signed by the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 and spent parts of eight seasons with Arizona before being dealt to the Cubs in December for a pair of Minor League pitchers.

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Tomas finds groove since being called up

D-backs' third baseman enjoying his first stint in Major Leagues

Tomas finds groove since being called up

PHOENIX -- A month and a week into his Major League career, Yasmany Tomas is having fun. With a six-game streak of two hits or more going into Friday's series opener between the D-backs and the Cubs, the Cuban-born slugger has found his groove at the plate and in the field at third base.

"I'm really enjoying myself in the games now, like I did in Cuba,", Tomas said Friday during a Spanish-language press conference at Chase Field. "I think that's important for any player. It's serious business, but at the same time it's a game. I'm having good results right now and I feel really good. I'm going to do everything I can to keep it going."

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D-backs complete 4-game sweep on Pollock's clutch hit

D-backs complete 4-game sweep on Pollock's clutch hit

MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock's two-out RBI infield single in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner in Thursday's back-and-forth contest, as the D-backs defeated Miami, 7-6, at Marlins Park. Arizona swept the four-game series to send the Marlins to their seventh straight loss.

The D-backs took a 1-0 lead on Yasmany Tomas' first-inning run-scoring double off of Mat Latos. But the Marlins answered immediately with three first-inning runs on four hits, including RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour.

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Bradley has command issues, but limits damage

Righty gives up four runs on nine hits in D-backs' finale victory

Bradley has command issues, but limits damage

MIAMI -- Since joining the D-backs' organization as a first-round Draft pick in 2011, fastball command has been Archie Bradley's main goal. On Thursday afternoon during his second start since being struck in the face by a liner, it became evident that he didn't quite have it as the Marlins jumped out to a first-inning lead on four hits and a walk.

Still, Bradley battled and gave his club five innings, as Arizona came back for a 7-6 victory to clinch the rare four-game series road sweep.

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Hale rests Goldy for first time this season

First baseman enters as pinch-hitter in eighth, posts single

Hale rests Goldy for first time this season

MIAMI -- Paul Goldschmidt wasn't in the D-backs' starting lineup for the first time this season in Thursday's 7-6 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Goldschmidt, who had started the previous 39 games at first base, entered in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and hit an infield single, which loaded the bases. He finished the game at first base. Entering the finale, Goldschmidt was 4-for-24 with a double, a homer, four RBIs, two walks and four strikeouts on the road trip.

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Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

Fans can win free mortgage payment up to $1,500 after speedster swipes plate

Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

There was big news on the U.S. mortgage lending front in recent hours, as the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.84 percent and A.J. Pollock stole home.

While real estate buyers and sellers digest the news of Freddie Mac's key figures released on Thursday, the real upside here for Major League Baseball fans is the chance to win a free mortgage payment of up to $1,500 from Quicken Loans thanks to one of those club-record-tying seven stolen bases by the D-backs in their 6-1 victory a night earlier in Miami.

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D-backs run wild, including steal of home

Arizona racks up seven stolen bases -- three by Pollock, who scores on botched rundown

D-backs run wild, including steal of home

MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock stole a career-high three bases in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Marlins, highlighted by a swipe of home. It was part of a banner night for D-backs baserunners, who collected seven steals to match a franchise record.

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Anderson, stealing D-backs dominate Fish

Anderson, stealing D-backs dominate Fish

MIAMI -- The D-backs ran their way to a 6-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park, racking up seven steals on the night, led by A.J. Pollock's three. Chase Anderson went eight-plus innings in his first victory of the season while handing Miami its sixth straight loss.

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Anderson gets a grip in first win of season

Comfortable in South Florida heat, D-backs starter has good feel for two-seam fastball

Anderson gets a grip in first win of season

MIAMI -- With the roof open at Marlins Park on Wednesday night, D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson, a Texas native, felt at home in the 82-degree weather and humidity.

So Anderson took advantage of the conditions to throw the most two-seam fastballs he has attempted in a game since incorporating the pitch into his repertoire over the offseason. Of his fastballs thrown, more than half were of the two-seam variety.

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D-backs push Corbin's timetable back a bit

D-backs push Corbin's timetable back a bit

MIAMI -- Based on Monday's pitching performance, the D-backs will likely give left-hander Patrick Corbin more time to bounce back from his most recent rehab appearance.

Corbin, who gave up three runs over five innings in an intrasquad game at Salt River Fields, was projected to return from last year's Tommy John surgery around June 4.

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Hernandez could return to D-backs next week

Reliever to make two appearances this weekend as rehab from Tommy John surgery winds down

Hernandez could return to D-backs next week

MIAMI -- D-backs reliever David Hernandez will make two appearances over the weekend with Double-A Mobile in the latest step in his rehabilitation process.

Hernandez, who underwent Tommy John surgery after eight appearances last spring, previously pitched on a big league mound on Sept. 29, 2013.

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Pollock's pop lifts D-backs late in Miami

Pollock's pop lifts D-backs late in Miami

MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock came off the bench in the eighth inning and hit a two-run home run to break a tie and provide the decisive runs in the D-backs' 4-2 victory at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Miami has now dropped the first two games of the series and five straight overall.

The D-backs scored a couple of two-out unearned runs in top of the fourth inning to take an early lead. David Peralta scored the first run when Tuffy Gosewisch's ground ball was fielded by Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, whose errant throw pulled Michael Morse off first base. The D-backs then tacked on another run on Nick Ahmed's RBI bunt single.

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Hale rewarded for playing percentages

Hale rewarded for playing percentages

MIAMI -- D-backs manager Chip Hale noticed no one warming up in the Marlins' bullpen as the eighth inning developed, and he adjusted his gameplan accordingly in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Following a leadoff single by Mark Trumbo and a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt in a tie game, southpaw reliever Mike Dunn was set to face left-handed batter David Peralta. Hale decided to play the lefty-righty split, going with right-handed batter A.J. Pollock as a pinch-hitter.

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D-backs say Lamb's close; return by June 1?

D-backs say Lamb's close; return by June 1?

MIAMI -- The D-backs expect third baseman Jake Lamb back in the big leagues by June 1, according to manager Chip Hale.

Lamb, who landed on the 15-day disabled list on April 21 with a left foot stress reaction, went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a walk in five plate appearances in the same extended spring training game as All-Star righty Patrick Corbin on Monday. Lamb did not run or play the field.

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Reliever Hudson earns first win since 2012

Reliever Hudson earns first win since 2012

MIAMI -- It's been a long road back for D-backs righty Daniel Hudson, but Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Marlins validated his journey.

Hudson picked up his first victory since June 14, 2012, by tossing two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts on 21 pitches (13 strikes).

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Peralta's double in 13th lifts D-backs

Peralta's double in 13th lifts D-backs

MIAMI -- The managerial debut for Dan Jennings turned into an endurance test, and the D-backs were able to prevail. David Peralta's two-out RBI double in the 13th inning off Steve Cishek lifted Arizona to a 3-2 win on Monday at Marlins Park.

Peralta, in a 1-for-10 rut on the road trip, ripped his double to right and it snapped Arizona's four-game losing streak. Miami, meanwhile, has dropped four straight, and was unable to hand Jennings a victory in his first day as manager.

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Harkey's words resonate with De La Rosa

Right-hander fans five, allows six hits over nine innings vs. Marlins

Harkey's words resonate with De La Rosa

MIAMI -- After a fourth straight loss on Sunday, pitching coach Mike Harkey spoke with his staff about staying positive and trusting its stuff.

Righty Rubby De La Rosa heard the message loud and clear in the D-backs' 3-2 13-inning win over the Marlins on Monday night.

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Burgos steps in to secure D-backs' marathon win

Rookie earns first Major League save Monday vs. Marlins

Burgos steps in to secure D-backs' marathon win

MIAMI -- Just nine games into his big league career, right-hander Enrique Burgos found himself vying for his first save.

Thanks to a combination of extra innings and the demotion of closer Addison Reed last week, Burgos entered Monday night's game in the 13th inning to secure a 3-2 victory over the Marlins.

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