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.
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.