Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 5

CHICAGO — The Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field in the most appropriate way: with a gut-wrenching loss.

After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, the Diamondbacks rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to erase a 5-2 deficit and beat the Cubs 7-5 Wednesday.

"That one finished not like we would have wanted, obviously," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It seemed like the inning kept opening up, and we weren't able to end up in the end putting a stop to it."

Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop, Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill hit a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.

The second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind 102-year-old Fenway in Boston opened April 23, 1914, when the Federal League's Chicago Federals beat the Kansas City Packers 9-1. The Cubs moved there in 1916, after the Federal League folded, and have established a tradition of beloved losers, though they are 4,076-3,621 (.530) during the regular season at Wrigley.

"Big day out there. You want to show up, have a good turnout for the fans and former players in the crowd," Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija said.

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