Shaun Marcum hits grand slam, but Brewers lose to Diamondbacks

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Shaun Marcum became the first pitcher in over a year to hit a grand slam, but the Diamondbacks overcame a 6-1 deficit by scoring in each of the final six innings of the game to beat the Brewers 8-6 on Monday.

Marcum, in his first year in the National League, was 4-for-40 lifetime before taking Daniel Hudson deep for his first career homer.

He was the first pitcher to hit a grand slam since Brad Penny hit one for the Cardinals on May 21, 2010.  It also happened once in 2009 (Chris Carpenter) and twice in 2008 (Felix Hernandez and Jason Marquis).

Marcum gave up three runs in the two innings after the grand slam and four runs in six innings overall.  He left with a 6-4 lead, but that was blown by the middle-relief corps.  The Diamondbacks also got to closer John Axford, who entered a tie game and gave up his first two earned runs since May 21.  Marcum has just one win in his last eight starts.

The Diamondbacks got homers from Miguel Montero and Wily Mo Pena in the game.  Pena’s was his second in four at-bats as a pinch-hitter and fifth in 39 overall.   Montero and Sean Burroughs each had three hits apiece.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.