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Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 2

Robbie Ray dueled Jon Lester to a deadlock, but two errors in the eighth cost the D-backs a chance at regaining first place.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Robbie Ray had arguably his best, and certainly his longest outing of the season. He went seven innings for the first time, holding a powerful Cubs line-up to one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out six, in the fourth consecutive quality start by a Diamondbacks pitcher. The Cubs took the lead in the fourth inning, opening up with three consecutive hits, but some slick defense stopped the bleeding there, and A.J. Pollock tied the game up, leading off the seventh, with his 13th home-run of the year.

Unfortunately, the bullpen continued their recent streak of bad decisions. T.J. McFarland was the latest to wear the L, as errors by him and Nick Ahmed helped the Cubs to scratch across a run in the eighth, without getting the ball out of the infield. The D-backs only had three outs left to respond, and came up short, the tying run being left in scoring position. They remain half a game back of the Dodgers.