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Preview: Cubs (42-60) at Diamondbacks (45-59)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Chase Field
Date: July 25, 2013 9:40 PM EDT
  

Although they couldn't come through late in their last game, the Arizona Diamondbacks have shown the ability to score runs against the Chicago Cubs.

The Diamondbacks could be primed for another big day against struggling Carlos Villanueva on Thursday night when they try to gain a split of this four-game series in Arizona.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run home run and Cody Ross added a game-tying sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as Arizona (52-49) rallied from a six-run deficit to send Wednesday's game into extra innings.

Nate Schierholtz, however, capped a career-best, five-RBI performance with a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Cubs (45-54) to a 7-6 victory.

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"It's good to win after they came back like that," Schierholtz said.

Arizona dropped 1 1/2 games behind surging Los Angeles in the NL West.

Despite stranding a season-high 16 runners on Wednesday, the Diamondbacks have totaled 16 runs and 26 hits in their last two games. They had nine and 36, respectively, over their previous five.

"We left a zillion guys on and not really swinging at good pitches in those situations," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have no one to blame but ourselves."

Arizona, hitting .255 overall, has batted .301 and averaged 6.7 runs in splitting six games with Chicago. Goldschmidt has played a key role in that effort, going 9 for 18 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games against the Cubs.

The Diamondbacks hope to continue that production against Villanueva (2-6, 4.16 ERA), who is winless in eight starts. The right-hander matched a season high by allowing seven runs over four-plus innings and issued a season-high four walks in a 9-3 loss at Colorado on Saturday.

"He got through the first few innings, but there was still no fastball command at all,' manager Dale Sveum said. "He's got to be able to start up his fastball a lot more than he is so his breaking stuff is going to be a lot more effective.'

Villanueva will make his first career start versus the Diamondbacks, though he's 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He's allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings against them this season.

Arizona starter Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03), meanwhile, hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine outings.

The left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA over that stretch, though he lasted just four innings - his shortest stint since May 25 - and allowed two runs in a 4-3 loss at San Francisco on Saturday.

Miley pitched well in his only career home start against the Cubs, allowing one run and three hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win June 24, 2012. However, he was tagged for three home runs and seven runs over seven innings in a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 31.

Alfonso Soriano (2 for 5) and Cody Ransom (3 for 8) each have two homers off Miley, but Starlin Castro, David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo are a combined 3 for 18.

Soriano, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, is expected back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off. He had gone 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in the previous two games.

Junior Lake went 2 for 5 with two doubles in his third straight multihit effort, and the third baseman is 14 for 27 (.519) while hitting safely in his first six major league games.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Cubs at Diamondbacks
Mon, Jul 22 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Cubs at Diamondbacks
Tue, Jul 23 Final 4 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Cubs at Diamondbacks
Wed, Jul 24 Final 7 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Cubs at Diamondbacks
Thu, Jul 25 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  +155   -145   8.5 
 ARI  -170   +125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  +155   -135   8.5 
 ARI  -170   +115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  13%   9%   84% 
 ARI  87%   91%   16% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 7 Cover: +122 
 ARI 6 Over: 13 
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 Jul 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Over: 14 
 ARI 10 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Cover: +160 
 ARI 2 Under: 6 
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 Jun 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 8 Cover: +100 
 CHC 4 Over: 12 
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 Jun 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 12 Cover: +130 
 CHC 4 Over: 16 
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 May 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 2 Under: 9 
 CHC 7 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 7 Cover: +115 
 ARI 5 Over: 12 
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 Mar 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 6 Cover: +100 
 CHC 2 Over: 8 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jul 25
 
    Braves at Mets
12:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Nationals
12:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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