Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs got a two-run home run from rookie David Bote followed by a solo home run from Anthony Rizzo to come from behind and walk off winners against the Diamondbacks at home on Thursday afternoon. D-Backs closer Brad Boxberger was victimized by both hitters, earning his fifth blown save on the year.
Bote went 2-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s now batting .326/.421/.522 with two home runs, 11 RBI, and nine runs scored in 57 plate appearances this season.
Rizzo finished 3-for-5 and is now hitting .261/.362/.428 with 13 home runs, 67 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 412 PA.
With the win, the 60-42 Cubs extend their lead over the second-place Brewers to three games in the NL Central. The Cubs will open up a short road series with the Cardinals over the weekend followed by two games in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.