Montero, Goldschmidt power Diamondbacks over Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm •  Published: July 19, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks' All-Stars shined on Saturday.

Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Goldschmidt went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in. He also scored three runs and walked twice, raising his batting average to .314.

"When you're scoring multiple runs on at-bats, that's ideal," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

Wade Miley (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, striking out seven with one walk. He is 3-0 in his last four starts.

"Tried to make quality pitches and get ahead of guys," Miley said.

The Diamondbacks tagged Cubs starter Travis Wood (7-9) for seven runs — five earned — on eight hits. He lost his third straight start.

The Cubs have lost four in a row and 10 of 12.

"I threw a pitch that kind of sat there and he made me pay for it," Wood said of Montero's double. "That is what he is able to do."

The Cubs got a run to start the game on three straight singles with one out, the third hit coming from All-Star Starlin Castro to drive in Justin Ruggiano.

If not for a leaping catch at the wall in dead center field by the Diamondbacks' Ender Inciarte, the Cubs might have added on more runs. Welington Castillo's long fly ball looked like it would bounce off the wall for extra bases, but Inciarte tracked it down for the second out of the inning and Miley got out of the inning without further damage.

"You go back and look at games, how they're won and lost, that's one of those plays you look at," Gibson said. "That's one of the things he can do and he did a heck of a job for us."

Goldschmidt scored on Montero's single with help from an error on the play, hustling around third after Cubs center fielder Arismendy Alcantara bobbled the ball. His throw beat Goldschmidt to home plate, but Goldschmidt avoided the lunging tag from Castillo and scored to tie it at 1.

Alcantara, 22, was making just his second start in center field after only seven big league games.

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