Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs drop extra-innings thriller in Arizona


What happens when you pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with a runner on? Most of the time, he comes through with a clutch hit, this time being a game-tying two-run shot as the D’backs edged the Chicago Cubs in extra innings by the score of 5-4.

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It was a game that began at 8:40pm central time but didn’t get over until sometime after one in the morning. Both teams used a combined 15 relievers in the game while their starters held each other to just two earned runs apiece.

Jon Lester, who was looking to pick up win No. 5 in the month of May, received a no-decision. His counterpart, Josh Collmenter, worked two innings less than but also received a no-decision as both teams wouldn’t score until the top of the 10th inning. The Cubs scored two go-ahead runs on a pair of RBI singles from Kris Bryant, and Starlin Castro but Hector Rondon was unable to record the save.

Bryant extended his hitting streak to 11 games while Rondon was handed his third blown save of the year. Today’s game will feature ace pitcher Jake Arrieta going up against Rubby De La Rosa in game two of this weekend series in the Valley.

Despite their loss, the Cubs received a huge break as the defending American League Champions’ Kansas City Royals shut out the first place St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 to keep Chicago within just 3.5 games behind them. Kendrys Morales pulled through for the Royals with a pair of home runs, both of Lance Lynn and finished the game with a total of five RBI behind Chris Young‘s six scoreless innings. 

The New York Yankees found themselves down 7-0 after back-to-back home runs by Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland but managed to erase the deficit, only to fall 10-9 at home. Fielder had two home runs on the day – his first was a three-run shot during a seven-run third inning, and the second was a solo blast that put the Texas Rangers up 8-4 in the seventh.

First baseman Mark Teixeira brought his team within a run in the bottom half of the ninth, launching his 13th home run of the season to right field. The 35-year-old slugger is making a serious case for A.L. MVP honors after hitting his second home run in three days.

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