Chicago Cubs drop fifth straight despite Anthony Rizzo outstanding play


The Chicago Cubs’ offense failed to provide Jake Arrieta run support again Sunday in a 3-2 loss at Chase Field that extended their losing streak to five games.

Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the top of the with, but the Diamondbacks quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning against Arrieta, who struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings.

Rizzo’s homer equaled his 2013 total of 23, a career-high.

Ender Inciarte and David Peralta hit consecutive doubles to tie the game. After a grounder by Paul Goldschmidt to move both runners into scoring position, Aaron Hill hit a foul pop near the photographers’ well near the first base dugout.

Rizzo made the catch falling over the rail out of play, allowing Peralta to advance from the third for the go-ahead run.

Pinch hitter Mark Trumbo walked and stole second after a review overturned the previous out call on his steal attempt. Trumbo eventually scored on by D-backs duo Inciarte and Peralta.

Chris Coghlan and Arismendy Alcantara doubled to rally the Cubs in the eight. Alacntara’s double snapped an 0-for-11 slump.

D-backs starter Josh Collmenter (8-5) kept the Cubs off the bases through seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out four.

Prior to the game, the Cubs announced that left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will start Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres.

Also, after the game the Cubs announced they have optioned Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs will have an off day on Monday before sending right-hander Kyle Hendricks (0-0) to the mound against the Padres, who will have Eric Stults (3-11) oppose in the three-game opener Tuesday night in Chicago at 7:05 p.m. CT on CSN+.

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