CHICAGO — Zack Godley made no excuses. He just didn’t have it.
The Chicago Cubs wasted no time in making him pay.
Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in Chicago’s eight-run fifth inning, and rookie Addison Russell homered twice to power the Cubs and Jon Lester to a 14-5 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
Godley (4-1), recalled from Double-A Mobile before the game, lost for the first time after solid performances in three previous major league starts — including two six-inning outings when he didn’t allow a run.
The former Cubs prospect struggled with control in this one, walking six while allowing six runs and four hits in 3º innings. He walked in two runs as Chicago went ahead 3-0 in the first with just one bloop single.
“It’s always frustrating when you can’t locate your pitches the way you want to,” Godley said. “On top of that, when they take advantage of when you do mess up, they hit the ball a long way. It hurts, but you come back.”
The Diamondbacks never did.
Javier Baez added a two-run shot — his first homer this season — and went 3 for 4 in his third game since his recall from the minors as the Cubs rolled to their third win in five games following a four-game losing streak.
Rizzo’s 28th homer was his second career grand slam.
“He’s facing good hitters,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said of Godley. “Maybe (he’s) trying to be too perfect. It got him in trouble, got his pitch count elevated and pretty much after that, he didn’t seem to have the same stuff.”
Lester (9-10) was staked to an early lead and rebounded after being hit hard in two of three previous starts. His command wasn’t razor sharp, but good enough as he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Four relievers finished.
Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost nine of 12.
“It’s just one of those days you have to forget and get your head up and come back tomorrow,” Arizona catcher Welington Castillo said.
Diamondbacks reliever A.J. Schugel also walked in a run while being charged with seven runs in Chicago’s big inning.
Russell led off the second with his first homer to make it 4-0. His two-run shot in the fourth made it 6-1.