Godley can't find control, strike zone in Diamondbacks' 14-5 loss to Cubs



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CHICAGO — Zack Godley made no excuses. He just didn't have it.

The Chicago Cubs wasted no time in making him pay.

Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in Chicago's eight-run fifth inning, and rookie Addison Russell homered twice to power the Cubs and Jon Lester to a 14-5 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Godley (4-1), recalled from Double-A Mobile before the game, lost for the first time after solid performances in three previous major league starts — including two six-inning outings when he didn't allow a run.

The former Cubs prospect struggled with control in this one, walking six while allowing six runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked in two runs as Chicago went ahead 3-0 in the first with just one bloop single.

"It's always frustrating when you can't locate your pitches the way you want to," Godley said. "On top of that, when they take advantage of when you do mess up, they hit the ball a long way. It hurts, but you come back."

The Diamondbacks never did.

Javier Baez added a two-run shot — his first homer this season — and went 3 for 4 in his third game since his recall from the minors as the Cubs rolled to their third win in five games following a four-game losing streak.

Rizzo's 28th homer was his second career grand slam.

"He's facing good hitters," Arizona manager Chip Hale said of Godley. "Maybe (he's) trying to be too perfect. It got him in trouble, got his pitch count elevated and pretty much after that, he didn't seem to have the same stuff."

Lester (9-10) was staked to an early lead and rebounded after being hit hard in two of three previous starts. The left-hander's command wasn't razor sharp, but good enough as he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings before four relievers finished.

Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost nine of 12.

"It's just one of those days you have to forget and get your head up and come back tomorrow," Arizona catcher Welington Castillo said.

Diamondbacks reliever A.J. Schugel also walked in a run while being charged with seven runs in Chicago's big inning.

Lester gave up five runs, four in the seventh, last Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. On Aug. 19, he lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed seven runs in a loss to Detroit.

Russell led off the second with his first homer, a solo drive off Godley, to make it 4-0.

After Arizona cut to 4-1 in the fourth, Russell's two-run shot in the bottom half made it 6-1.

Rizzo and Baez connected in the fifth as the Cubs sent 11 men to the plate and pulled away.

"At that point, hitting's contagious," Russell said. "Everyone wants to get (a) knock. You just want to get the next one. It's definitely a fun atmosphere to play in."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt missed Friday's game after he and his wife, Amy, welcomed their first child on Wednesday afternoon. Goldschmidt was expected to arrive in Chicago on Friday night and should be in the lineup Saturday. ... 2B Aaron Hill was available off the bench after leaving Tuesday's game with a hamstring pull. Hale hopes Hill will start Saturday.

Cubs: Rookie OF/C Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss three to five days because of a mild rib cage strain. He hurt himself on a checked swing during batting practice before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. The left-handed hitter hopes to be in the lineup Monday when Chicago opens a three-game series at St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Chicago's Jake Arrieta (17-6, 2.11 ERA) returns to the mound after tossing a no-hitter, the sixth in the majors this season, against the Dodgers in Los Angeles last Sunday. The Cubs ace righty leads the majors in victories, and has won six straight starts and 11 of his last 12 decisions. LHP Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.72 ERA) throws for Arizona. He has lost his last six decisions and hasn't won since July 7.

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