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Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Chicago Cubs 7

A close game evaporated in the eighth, and with it, the series.

Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Zack Godley had the very rare four-strikeout inning in the first. Unfortunately, the bonus strikeout came on a two-on, full-count pitch, and allowed the Cubs to score the first run. A two-out hit in the second doubled the deficit, but Godley settled down well after that. He ended up going 5.2 innings on four hits and four walks with eight K’s. Andrew Chafin got the next four outs, but Jorge De La Rosa and Jake Barrett allowed the Cubs to end this, combining for a four-run eighth.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks bats struggled, outside of Jake Lamb, who had three of the team’s four knocks. The first run scored in the fifth without a hit, after two walks, a Godley sacrifice and a David Peralta sacrifice fly. Paul Goldschmidt homered in the ninth inning. On the plus side, the Cardinals and Rockies both lost, so the Diamondbacks didn’t lose any significant ground in the wild-card race. They’re still tied with Colorado and 4.5 up on St. Louis.