Goldy, Montero flex muscles to power past Cubs

Miley tosses seven strong innings for fourth straight quality start

Goldy, Montero flex muscles to power past Cubs

PHOENIX -- Before Saturday night's game against the Cubs, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Ender Inciarte was the best defensive center fielder on the roster.

The rookie outfielder hasn't been a great hitter since he arrived in the big leagues in early May, but he's made up for it with his glove.

Inciarte proved his manager right again early in Saturday's game, as he made a run-saving catch in the first inning that limited the damage for starter Wade Miley and kept the game within reach for the D-backs, who came back from an early deficit to win 9-3 at Chase Field.

"He's pretty good," Gibson said. "There's a lot of things that can happen in any game that could change it. You go back and look at games -- how they're won or lost -- plays like that are exactly what you look at."

Miley had already given up a run after a trio of singles in the first. Cubs catcher Welington Castillo was inches away from giving Chicago a multi-run lead, but Inciarte timed his leap perfectly, grabbing the ball just to the left of the 407-foot marker in center field.

"Unbelievable. He went and got it," Miley said. "I thought it was going to be up above the yellow line when he hit it. For him to make that play just kind of boosted me a little bit more."

Miley settled down for the most past after that inning. He kept his pitch count down and pitched efficiently. The lone exception was the fourth inning, when he gave up a home run to Castillo and a triple to left fielder Junior Lake, who scored on a sacrifice fly.

Miley finished the game strong, throwing three scoreless frames before exiting after the seventh inning and picking up his fourth straight quality start.

"He's just throwing the ball really well. It's coming out of his hand good," Gibson said. "The other thing, I think, in his head, he's managing things a little better, as well. Really efficient with what's going on out there."

Said Cubs manager Rick Renteria: "He works very quickly, is very poised, very calm. We were able to get to him early but weren't able to tack on any more later. We had a play here or there that made it open up. We just weren't able to continue to grind out and put some runs across."

Although Miley put the D-backs in an early hole, his offense bailed him out with a fifth-inning rally and a pair of two-run innings later in the game.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt helped lead the charge. He walked in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs. One batter later, catcher Miguel Montero drove in Goldschmidt, Inciarte and second baseman Aaron Hill with a bases-clearing double into right field, giving the D-backs their first lead.

"The offense picked me up big time," Miley said.

Goldschmidt drove in the D-backs' second insurance run with his Major League-leading 37th double in the sixth inning, and then capped the victory with a long home run into the left-field bleachers in the eighth.

"They pitched to Goldy late. I kind of thought they might walk him," Gibson said. "They went after him, and he got a hold of one there. When you score multiple runs on at-bats, that's ideal."

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.