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D'backs down Dempster, Cubs to avert sweep

Chicago CubsCarlos PenaChris Young (baseball, outfielder)Marlon ByrdWillie BloomquistAramis Ramirez

Shortly after learning two starting pitchers were being placed on the disabled list, the Chicago Cubs had to regroup to play the Diamondbacks Wednesday in the finale of the opening homestand.

"I feel bad for the guys involved, but it's part of the deal," manager Mike Quade said. "You move on. . . and deal with the guys who are healthy."

Quade sent Ryan Dempster to the mound Wednesday looking for a sweep of Arizona after DL-ed Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner had helped provide victories the previous two days.

But Dempster allowed 10 hits and five runs, four of them earned, in seven innings of a 6-4 loss.

For the second straight day, the Cubs were without first baseman Carlos Pena, who has a strained right thumb. He is expected to play when the Cubs open a series in Milwaukee Friday.

The Diamondbacks scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning. With two outs, Willie Bloomquist singled, stole second and scored when Chris Young's liner to center eluded the dive of Marlon Byrd for a triple. Young scored as left fielder Alfonso Soriano had trouble picking up the ball.

After Aramis Ramirez tied the game in the fourth inning with his first home run, the Diamondbacks came back in the fifth with three runs for a 5-2 lead.

Alfonso Soriano's homer leading off the seventh was negated half an inning later by Miguel Montero's bleacher shot.

dvandyck@tribune.com

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