After Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta doubled in the
tying run in the sixth inning, Peralta scored from third base three
batters later when Rizzo fell into a camera well after stretching to
catch a foul ball in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory over the Cubs to
complete a three-game sweep at Chase Field on Sunday.
Rizzo tumbled head first over a railing near the Cubs' dugout while
snagging second baseman Aaron Hill's popup with runners on the
corners. Since Rizzo took the ball out of play, by rule the runners
were awarded one base, meaning Peralta scored to make it 2-1.
"I don't think there is any Cubs fan that wanted me to miss it or
any Diamondbacks fan that wanted me to catch it," Rizzo said.
"It was just instinct. Instincts take over right there I wasn't
really worried about it right there. I didn't think I would go in.
But it was a little farther then I thought."
Center fielder Ender Inciarte and Peralta led off the sixth inning
with back-to-back doubles off Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-2)
before Peralta took third base on a groundout. Catcher Miguel
Montero walked before Hill's popup. Peralta raced home and beat a
belated throw from the camera well by Rizzo, but it wouldn't have
"It was the freaking greatest effort," Cubs manager Rick Renteria
said. "He always does that. You talk about the potential for injury.
My heart sank pretty deep. We got over there right away and he got
up right away and he is a big strong man and thankfully we are very
fortunate that he came out of that OK."
Peralta added an RBI single in the seventh inning for a 3-1 lead as
Arizona (43-56) won its fourth straight game and second series sweep
of the season (first at home). The Diamondbacks swept a three-game
series from Colorado in Coors Field on June 3-5.
"We've been looking to do that all year," Arizona manager Kirk
Rizzo had two hits including a solo home run off Josh Collmenter
(8-5) that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning for the Cubs
(40-57), who have lost five in a row and 11th of their last 13.
Collmenter (8-5) gave up four hits and struck out four for his
fourth victory in five decisions.
Left fielder Chris Coghlan also had two hits, and he scored on
second baseman Arismendy Alcantara's double in the eighth inning to
make it 3-2.
Arizona closer Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save.
"Things will change," Renteria said. "All I can do is to have then
to continue to grind. That is the reality. We have to continue
Arizona's seventh-inning rally was extended when replay was used to
correct a call that would have ended the inning.
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Pinch hitter Mark Trumbo walked with two outs and was ruled to have
been thrown out attempting to steal second. Gibson immediately
challenged, and the call was overturned after a two-minute,
Inciarte, who had two hits, beat out a single to third base before
Peralta followed with his RBI single off James Russell for a 3-1
lead. Peralta is hitting .331 since his June 1 promotion from
Double-A Mobile, and he has 17 multiple-hit games in 38 games
Arrieta gave up four hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings while
striking out eight, raising his ERA to 2.12. He entered the game
with a 1.95 ERA since being activated May 3, the third-lowest ERA
among major league starters behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw
(1.81) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez (1.88) in that span.
"I was kind of dealing with a stomach virus this past three days,"
Arrieta said. "Not being able to hold down any solid food was
something I had to deal with, but I was able to fight through it for
the most part."
NOTES: Cubs LHP Tsuyoshi Wada will start Wednesday's game against
San Diego in Wrigley Field, manager Rick Renteria said. Wada, 33,
has made one start for the Cubs this season, giving up one unearned
run in five innings of a no-decision in the second game of a July 8
doubleheader at Cincinnati. He will be activated Wednesday, Renteria
said. The Cubs already had announced RHP Kyle Hendricks as their
Tuesday starter. ... Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt (4.6) and Cubs 1B
Anthony Rizzo (2.7) entered the game with the top WAR -- wins above
replacement player -- among NL first basemen. Rizzo's homer Sunday
was his 33rd since the 2013 All-Star break, tied with Arizona 1B
Paul Goldschmidt for the second-most in the NL behind Miami RF
Giancarlo Stanton in that time.
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