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July 25, 2013

Schierholtz powers Cubs to 7-6 win over D'Backs

PHOENIX (AP) — Nate Schierholtz is having the kind of season that makes contending clubs interested in dealing for him. He showed why there is such interest with a career-high five-RBI night Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs' 12-inning 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schierholtz lined a two-out double into the left-field corner in the top of the 12th to drive in the go-ahead run. He also saved a potential run with a throw from right field in the ninth inning that ultimately held Arizona to a tie and helped send the game into extra innings.

Schierholtz also hit a three-run home run. The Cubs lost a six-run lead but rallied with two out in the 12th on a walk to Anthony Rizzo followed by Schierholtz's double.

"I love being a Cub and I'm hoping to stay here but you never know what will happen in the next week," Schierholtz said. "All we can do is go out there and focus on trying to win games.

The Cubs are 5-2 on the road in extra-inning games this season.

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

Hector Rondon (2-0) pitched the 11th and 12th innings for the win. The Diamondbacks left 16 runners on base and fell 1½ games out of first place in the NL West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

David Hernandez (4-6) took the loss after Arizona's relievers had pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings.

Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt hit his 22nd home run, a three-run shot in the sixth inning.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija wasn't always sharp, but he managed to get through 5 2-3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts before exiting.

"Too many pitches at that time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

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