How it happened: A four-run sixth inning, capped by a pinch-hit two-run single from Bryan LaHair put the Cubs on top for good. Anthony Rizzo had three hits, scored two runs and drove in one. Chris Rusin gave up just one earned run over five innings of his last start of the season. The Cubs scored more than five runs for the first time since dropping 13 on Pittsburgh in a Sept. 16 game.
What it means: It didn’t come until the 159th game of the season, but the Cubs finally won their first road game against a National League West club this season. The Cubs had been 0-18 before play Sunday, having been swept in every NL West city this season. The final road series was the Cubs’ second visit to Arizona this season.
Outside the box: The Cubs' consolation prize of not losing 100 games remains a possibility. In order to avoid the unattractive round number, the Cubs will have to sweep the Houston Astros in the final three-game series that starts Monday. The Astros, who have 106 defeats of their own, are the only team in baseball with a worse record than the Cubs.
Off beat: First it was ruled an error on third baseman Luis Valbuena, then on pitcher Chris Rusin and finally pinned on catcher Anthony Recker. With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, Cody Ransom dribbled one on the infield. Valbuena charged the ball but overran it allowing not just one, but two runs to score when nobody got to the ball in a timely fashion. Rusin threw home to cut down the second run but the throw got away from Recker.
Up next: The Cubs will send right-hander Jason Berken (0-2, 5.14 ERA) to the mound Monday against Houston to start the final series of the season. The Astros will counter with right-hander Lucas Harrell (10-11, 3.88) in the 7:05 p.m. start from Wrigley Field.