The Arizona Diamondbacks had been grinding their way through games, playing from behind for most of the week.
Patrick Corbin gave them a chance to play with a lead.
Corbin twice escaped jams in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday night, cutting Chicago’s NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.
“Really impressive outing by Patrick on a night when we really needed a starting pitcher to step up,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He went as far as he could for as long as he could.”
Jon Lester (8-7) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Chicago led the division by 5½ games before play on…
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