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"Mental it's probably way tougher than physically for him," Ziegler said. "He can get loose and go out and pitch. You go out to the bullpen and relax for five or six innings and all of a sudden he's got to turn it on right away. For him to go out and get four innings into the game, that was huge for us."
Samardzija (5-6) had Arizona guessing until the fourth inning, when Kubel, swinging on a 3-0 pitch, lifted a two-run homer to left-center. The Diamondbacks cobbled together another run off Samardzija with two outs in the fifth: Ziegler's first career hit, Willie Bloomquist's squibbed single to the right side and Aaron Hill's run-scoring single that extended his home hitting streak to 14 games and the lead to 3-1.
Samardzija created problems for himself in the sixth, walking the first two batters to set up Montero's two-run triple that put Arizona up 5-1. The right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, the second time in three starts he's yielded at least five earned runs.
"You have to make your pitches, quality pitches, and down in the zone," Samardzija said. "If the ball is up and they hit it up, then it is probably going out of the park."
Justin Upton added a double in the seventh inning off Jairo Asencio that scored Bloomquist, who made a heads-up play by tagging up and moving to second on Hill's long fly to center.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth against Bryan Shaw, who replaced Craig Breslow, but Hernandez got David DeJesus to hit a weak grounder to second to end the inning.
Hernandez had his first career hit in the bottom half before closing out the ninth to become the first Diamondbacks player to have a hit and a save since Jose Valverde on Sept. 20, 2003, at Milwaukee.
"This was a true team win," said Hernandez, who jokingly posed with his bat for postgame interviews.
NOTES: Ziegler's first career hit came in his second at-bat. Hernandez's came in his fourth. ... Chicago has lost 26 of 35 since May 15. ... Cubs LHP Paul Maholm will be looking for his first win in seven starts against the Diamondbacks on Saturday after winning four straight games from April 21 to May 9. ... Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy, Saturday's starter against the Cubs, is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in his past two starts. He matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in his last start at Chase Field against the Rockies on June 5.
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