Roberts helps Diamondbacks hold off CubsMay 2, 2011 - 12:31 AM
"It's all about getting playing time and getting more at-bats," Roberts said. "The timing falls in place and the more rhythm you get, you start to feel better. That's what it's really about, just getting playing time."
Starting pitcher Daniel Hudson allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts for the Diamondbacks, who got an 11-2 win during the first game of the series on Thursday. Hudson (2-4) also helped his own cause with a squeeze bunt to plate a run.
Geovany Soto had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who had won the two middle games of the series. Starting pitcher Casey Coleman (1-2) got the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits and five walks.
The Cubs had the potential go-ahead run on in the ninth inning, but closer J.J. Putz got some big help from his defense to get his sixth save of the season.
He gave up a lead off double to Marlon Byrd, who moved to third on Carlos Pena's fly out. The shot was just feet away from a home run as Justin Upton, with his back against the right-field wall, caught the ball above his head.
"When it left the bat, I thought it had a chance to go," Pena said of his near-homer. "It wasn't my best hit but I knew I got a good piece of it."
Putz then pitched around Soto, which set up Jeff Baker's grounder into 6-4-3 double-play to end the game.
Both teams traded runs in the second inning before Arizona put up a three-spot in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Miguel Montero walked and Roberts singled to put runners on the corners with no outs to start the inning. Coleman balked after not throwing the ball on a pickoff attempt to first to send Montero trotting home.
The D-backs continued to play small ball during the fourth as Hudson bunted in Roberts and Gerardo Parra scored on a wild pitch to go up 4-1.
The Cubs charged back in the seventh to make the game interesting. Byrd singled and Pena walked before they both scored on Soto's double into the right-field corner.
The Cubs were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, while out hitting the D-Backs 10-5...Hudson threw 108 pitches, 67 for strikes...Game time was 2:50.
- CHICAGO: 3
May 1 7:01 PM
- Geovany Soto doubled to right scored Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena with one out. Runner on second and Jeff Samardzija due up.
Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 4 Top 7, 1 OutMay 1 6:12 PM
- Gerardo Parra scored, Kelly Johnson advances to second and Daniel Hudson advances to third on a Casey Coleman wild pitch. . Runners on second and third and with two outs and Justin Upton at the plate.
Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 1 5:27 PM
- Daniel Hudson reached on a fielder's choice scored Ryan Roberts with one out. Runners on first and second with Chris Young due up.
Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 3 Bot 4, 1 OutMay 1 5:20 PM
- Gerardo Parra intentionally walked. Runners on first and third with one out and Daniel Hudson due up.
Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 2 Bot 4, 1 OutMay 1 5:17 PM
- Ryan Roberts two-out, solo Home Run (6) to left. Juan Miranda due up.
Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 1 4:39 PM
- Carlos Pena grounded out second to first scored Alfonso Soriano with two out. None on and Geovany Soto due up.
Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 0 Top 2, 2 OutsMay 1 4:30 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 1 4:10 PM
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