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Lackey wins 5th straight as Cubs beat Diamondbacks 8-3
Saturday Aug 12, 2017 12:00am

Lackey wins 5th straight as Cubs beat Diamondbacks 8-3
(PHOENIX) – John Lackey has won five starts in a row for the first time in nine years, though his latest outing ended a bit early for his liking. The veteran right-hander was lifted after 5 1/3 innings and just 85 pitches in the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. And he obviously wasn't happy when manager Joe Maddon went to the mound to pull him. Maddon says by taking him out when he did, it will keep Lackey strong for the rest of the year. Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila hit consecutive home runs off Taijua Walker (6-6) to start the sixth inning after David Peralta's two-run shot had cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2 in the fifth. Paul Goldschmidt's solo homer with one out in the sixth ended Lackey's night. Lackey (10-9) allowed three runs on four hits, struck out seven and walked three. He has won five in a row for the third time in his career but first since June 6-29, 2008. The Cubs, who lost two of three at home to the Diamondbacks just over a week ago, won for just their third time in nine games to stay a game up on St. Louis in the NL Central. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six and are 1/3 halfway through an eight-game homestand against the Dodgers, Cubs and Houston.

San Francisco at Washington – postponed
NY Mets 7 – Philadelphia 6
Miami 6 – Colorado 3
Cincinnati 11 – Milwaukee 10
St. Louis 8 – Atlanta 5
San Diego 4 – LA Dodgers 3

Pittsburgh 4 – Toronto 2

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