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Cubs get only 3 hits in 12-4 rout by Arizona

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Arizona left the bases loaded twice Saturday against the Cubs. But Paul Goldschmidt didn't let it happen the third time.
His grand slam in the eighth off Carlos Marmol (2-3) was decisive in a 12-4 rout for the Diamondbacks--ending the Cubs five-game win streak.
The game began after a 2 hour 21 minute rain delay and became a duel between Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija and Diamondback starter Ian Kennedy (3-3).
Samardzija struck out 11 Diamondbacks in six innings, but two walks in the seventh led to trouble.
Samardzija had given up only a leadoff home run to Gerardo Parra and left the bases loaded twice. He struck out six straight through one stretch from the second through the fourth.
The Diamondbacks left eight runners stranded before the seventh.
But Samardzija walked two in the seventh before leaving with one out. James Russell, who hadn't allowed a run since May 21, retired Miguel Montero but walked Martin Prado to load the bases. Jason Kubel followed with a bases-clearing double.
Nate Schierholtz, who had an RBI double in the first, homered (7th) off Kennedy leading the seventh to pull the game into a 4-4 tie.
Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk was directing the game after manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the second inning by umpire Joe West. Sveum argued with first base umpire Toby Basner, who ruled A.J. Pollack safe on a close play at first. The argument continued with West, who threw out Sveum.
It was the second ejection of the season for the Cubs manager.
The Cubs scored three in the first off Kennedy but didn't get another hit until Schierholtz' homer in the seventh.
They had only those three hits in the game.
Kennedy worked seven innings and gave up four runs on only three hits, striking out seven with one walk. He also hit one batter, Starlin Castro in the first, who scored on Schierholtz' double.
The Diamondbacks added four runs in the ninth off Zach Putnam, who was recalled from Class AAA a day earlier.

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