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When it rains, he soars: Goldy smacks 3 HRs

August 3, 2017

CHICAGO -- Paul Goldschmidt won the home run derby between him and Willson Contreras on Thursday. Both drove in six runs, but the D-backs slugger belted three homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot with one out in the ninth inning, to power Arizona to a 10-8 victory over the Cubs

CHICAGO -- Paul Goldschmidt won the home run derby between him and Willson Contreras on Thursday. Both drove in six runs, but the D-backs slugger belted three homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot with one out in the ninth inning, to power Arizona to a 10-8 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"It's crazy," Goldschmidt said. "I know I've never hit three home runs. And then to win that game -- it was a good one for our team. We were ahead early and they came back, then we came back and they tied it up. It was just back and forth. They're such a good team, so it was a good [win]."
Goldschmidt smashed three home runs -- one after each rain delay

Play was stopped for the third time in the game because of rain at the start of the D-backs' ninth. Wade Davis retired the first batter, but Goldschmidt then launched his third home run of the game and 25th of the season off a 3-2 pitch to tie his career high in RBIs for a game. J.D. Martinez followed Goldschmidt with a homer of his own, and he now has eight hits (six home runs) since joining the D-backs. It's the first time Davis has given up a pair of home runs in a relief outing in his career.
"I felt good about the latter part of the game once we grabbed the lead," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It just didn't play out. But I still have a ton of faith in our bullpen."
Goldschmidt connected on a three-run shot with one out in the first and added an impressive two-run blast with two outs in the fifth, which cleared the left-field bleachers and landed on Waveland Avenue, traveling 411 feet. It's his first career three-homer game.

"The breaking ball to Goldschmidt on the first homer was absolutely not where [Jose Quintana] wanted to throw it -- it was a hanging curveball," Maddon said. "The second one, he was trying to get in, and it didn't get there. It was just execution of pitches more than anything. It wasn't the choice of pitches, but where he threw those pitches."
The loss was the Cubs' fifth in 19 games since the All-Star break, and they now have a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the Brewers, who beat the Cardinals on Thursday. The win kept the D-backs a half-game ahead of the Rockies for the top NL Wild Card spot.
Contreras knocked in a career-high six runs, hitting a pair of home runs and a two-run single with two outs in the seventh that gave the Cubs a brief 7-6 lead. Both homers came off D-backs starter Zack Greinke, including a leadoff shot in the second and a three-run homer in the sixth. Contreras leads all NL catchers with 18 home runs, and he's batting .333 with seven homers and 24 RBIs since the All-Star break.

"I'd rather go 0-for-5 and get a win," Contreras said.
The Cubs had tied the game in the eighth. Trailing, 8-7, they loaded the bases with one out against Jake Barrett, and Jason Heyward then scored on Jonathan Jay's fielder's choice. The D-backs could not turn the double play, but Barrett got Kristopher Bryant to fly out and end the inning.

Neither starter got a decision. Greinke, who has not lost since June 20, was charged with six runs on nine hits over six-plus innings, while Quintana served up six runs on six hits. He struck out six.
It was a long day, as the game was interrupted three times because of rain. There was a one-hour, 30-minute delay at the start, a 35-minute stoppage with two outs in the Arizona second and a 30-minute halt at the start of the D-backs' ninth for a total of 2:35.
"I told [bench coach Dave Martinez] I felt like I'm catching 22 innings," Contreras said. "It felt like a roller coaster."
Cubs, D-backs have fun during delay
Comeback No. 1: The Cubs trailed, 6-2, after five innings against Greinke before Contreras' second homer in the sixth made it 6-5. Greinke gave up a leadoff single to Javier Baez in the seventh before departing, and the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Chicago loaded the bases with two outs, and Contreras delivered a two-run single to center to go ahead, 7-6.

Maddon was impressed not only with Contreras' clutch hitting, but that his two home runs came off Greinke.
"When you do that against Greinke, that's pretty good," Maddon said. "That's kind of a litmus test for [Contreras] regarding how he handles that kind of a pitcher who knows how to pitch. He did that pretty well today."

Comeback No. 2:C.J. Edwards was on the mound for the D-backs' eighth, but he walked the first two batters he faced. New Cubs reliever Justin Wilson took over and gave up two hits, including a two-run single by Jake Lamb, which gave Arizona an 8-7 lead. The Cubs challenged whether Contreras tagged the second D-backs runner, Martinez, out at the plate, but after a review, the call was upheld.

"They're the defending World Series champions," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "And you come into this place, and you grow up and you win a game and you play hard and you do all the little things that we talked about during Spring Training, and you watch all those little moments play out right before your very eyes with the belief that you're going to win this game. And I'm really proud of these guys."
"So, we had a day-night doubleheader." -- Maddon, on the long game, which took 3:59 to play plus the 2:35 combined in rain delays

"I don't even know where to start. It was one of those moments and one of those days where things could have gone backwards on us, and they did. We would get grounded, kind of get back to a neutral corner -- punch back a little bit. The bottom line is we won the game." -- Lovullo
With two home runs allowed in the ninth, Davis has now surrendered three homers as a member of the Cubs, matching the total he allowed in more than 200 innings with the Royals from 2014-16 (counting the postseason). The outing marked the first relief appearance of Davis' career with multiple surrendered homers, while it was the first of any outing he'd made with that mark since July 10, 2013.
This is the first time the Cubs have lost consecutive games since the All-Star break.
D-backs:Anthony Banda will be called up from Triple-A Reno to start Friday's series opener against the Giants at AT&T Park at 7:15 p.m. MST. Banda made one other spot start for the D-backs this year on July 22. He is taking the place of left-hander Robbie Ray, who is on the concussion list.
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs' three-game series against the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field. He will be making his third start coming off the disabled list after missing seven weeks with tendinitis in his right hand. First pitch will be 1:20 p.m. CT.
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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.