Cody Bellinger hits a go-ahead homer and the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 to take series

PHOENIX (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning, Hayden Wesneski threw four innings of scoreless relief and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday.

The Cubs took two of three in the hard-fought series, which included two extra-inning games.

Wesneski (1-0) earned the win in his first game of the season just hours after being called up from Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander saved a tired bullpen, giving up just one hit while striking out two.

“I thought it was our best pitching performance considering everything,” Cubs manager Craig Counsell said.

Wesneski said he got the call to the big leagues at 1 a.m. after last night's Triple-A game and had to fly from Des Moines, Iowa, to Chicago before taking another flight to Phoenix. He got to Chase Field about 1 1/2 hours for the afternoon game and delivered a gem on essentially zero sleep.

“Filling up the zone, getting ahead,” Wesneski said. “It's hard to think when your brain's off, so just did my thing and didn't overthink it.”

Bellinger homered off Arizona right-hander Brandon Pfaadt — launching a sweeper into the right-center seats — for a 3-2 lead. Pfaadt (1-1) gave up three runs, including two earned, over seven innings.

“Going into extra innings two times in one series takes a toll on the bullpen, so going seven today was big,” Pfaadt said. “I think there's some good to come out of it, for sure.”

The Cubs added two more runs in the eighth, including one on Michael Busch's RBI single. The rookie recently tied a franchise record with homers in five straight games. Mike Tauchman added an RBI double.

Ketel Marte gave the D-backs a 1-0 lead with his third leadoff homer of the season and eighth of his career.

It was the second baseman's second at-bat in a row with a homer after he hit a tying solo shot with two outs in the ninth during the team's come-from-behind 12-11 win on Tuesday. He followed Wednesday's homer with a double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth that tied the game at 2-all.

Joc Pederson hit a solo homer in the ninth to cut the Cubs' lead to 5-3.

D-backs third baseman Eugenio Suarez had a tough day in the field with two errors, including one that led to an unearned run.

“We just didn't execute in a couple critical areas,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “Defensively, you saw there were some miscues. We had some opportunities offensively, but we couldn't cash in and get the big hit. It's frustrating.”

Cubs starting pitcher Jordan Wicks gave up two runs and five hits with a walk over 4 1/3 innings. The lefty struck out five. Drew Smyly earned his first save of the season, getting the final two outs.

MAKING MOVES

Cubs: Called up RHP Colten Brewer and Wesneski. Sent LHP Luke Little and RHP Daniel Palencia to Triple-A Iowa.

Diamondbacks: Called up RHP Justin Martinez and selected the contract of LHP Logan Allen. Sent RHP Luis Frias and LHP Tommy Henry to Triple-A Reno. Transferred LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (left shoulder strain) to the 60-day injured list.

UP NEXT

The Cubs host the Miami Marlins in a four-game series starting Thursday. Pitchers haven't been announced.

The Diamondbacks travel to the San Francisco Giants for a four-game series starting Thursday. The D-backs will send RHP Ryne Nelson (1-2, 5.27) to the mound, while the Giants counter with RHP Logan Webb (1-1, 3.80)

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