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Arizona Diamondbacks: Godley, Lamb lift team over Cubs

By Trisha Garcia
To help pick up the offense, Jake Lamb needs to be more productive at the plate. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
To help pick up the offense, Jake Lamb needs to be more productive at the plate. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Arizona Diamondbacks redeemed themselves with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Jake Lamb returned to the roster after a day off. Lamb hit two doubles in four plate appearances, driving in all three runs.

Lamb’s bat was sorely missed during Tuesday’s loss. The young third baseman is batting .266 on the season, with 23 home runs, 22 doubles and 83 RBI.

Despite Lamb’s standout performance at the plate, Godley’s performance on the mound should not to be overlooked. Godley earned his fifth win, moving to a 5-4 record. His ERA dropped to 2.86.

In 96 pitches over six complete innings, Godley gave up six hits, shutting out the Cubbies. The six shutout innings extend his streak to 13-straight scoreless innings for Godley.

Godley was followed up by perfect innings from Andrew Chafin, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney, each pitching one inning.

Each pitcher out of the bullpen faced three batters and retired three batters, a much different scene from the offensive show the Cubs brought on Tuesday.

Rodney entered the game for his first save opportunity since July 7. Rodney struck out two batters in a nearly perfect outing.

With mostly quiet bats, dominant pitching performances can carry the Diamondbacks into the postseason. With a Colorado Rockies loss today, they could move back into first place in the wild card race.

The Diamondbacks will have a chance to take the series tomorrow with Zack Greinke taking the mound against Jose Quintana.

Greinke has completed seven innings in four of his last five starts, looking to extend his July-success and win his third straight game.

He will battle against Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist, batting .500 and .625 against Greinke respectively.

Quintana will be looking for his first win in a Cubs uniform after losing his first start to the Brewers. He will have a slight advantage with the Diamondbacks holding just a .232 batting average against left-handed pitchers.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:20 a.m.