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CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija finally got elusive run support but the Chicago Cubs failed to hold a late lead as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to a 7-5 victory on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks snapped a four-game losing streak with five ninth-inning runs as the Cubs bullpen collapsed during a game marking Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary.

Right-handed reliever Justin Grimm gave up a two-out triple to second basemen Aaron Hill that scored catcher Miguel Montero and third baseman Martin Prado open a 7-5 lead.

Hill went 4-for-5 with two RBIs while right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-4) picked up his first win after working two scoreless innings. Right-hander Pedro Strop (0-2) took the loss in his fifth appearance.

Wednesday's game was the 7,883rd game at Wrigley Field since the Chicago Federals hosted the Kansas City Packers in an April 23, 1914 debut at Weeghman Park.

The Cubs moved in two years later and the name was changed to Cubs Park. The Wrigley Field name was adopted in 1927.

As part of centennial festivities, the Cubs wore Federals throwback uniforms while the Diamondbacks were clad in Packers attire.

The Diamondbacks claimed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Montera scored as shortstop Chris Owings grounded into a fielder's choice with one out.

The Cubs used a three-run outburst to claim a fifth-inning lead.

Second baseman Darwin Barney brought home third baseman Mike Olt on what started as a sacrifice to first. Barney was safe and reached second on a throwing error by Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt that also moved catcher Welington Castillo to third.

Samardzija's sacrifice to right-center drove in Castillo for a 2-1 lead. Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio's fielder's choice tap to starter Wade Miley brought home Barney to make it 3-1.

The Diamondbacks got one run back in the sixth as left fielder Cody Ross' RBI single scored Goldschmidt from second.

Right fielder Justin Ruggiano lined a 372-foot homer to right with none out in the sixth -- his first of the season -- and drove in first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a 5-2 lead.

Miley was then replaced by right-hander Brad Ziegler. Miley, who had no decision, lasted five innings and gave up four hits, three earned runs while walking three and striking out seven .

Samardzija worked 7 1/3 innings and departed with runners on first and second, but right-handed reliever Hector Rondon ended the inning without any damage.

Strop walked Owings to open the ninth. A potential double-play grounder by center fielder Tony Campana was bobbled by Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, leaving runners at first and second with none out.

Strop then walked pinch hitter Eric Chavez to load the bases for leadoff batter Gerardo Parra, representing the lead run.

Parra struck out on a full count but Prado singled up the middle to score Owings and Campana to cut the Cubs' lead to 5-4 while A.J. Pollock -- running for Chavez -- reached third.

Strop struck out Goldschmidt and was pulled for left-hander James Russell, who gave up a run-scoring single to Montero who drove home Pollock for a 5-5 tie.

Ruggiano, the Cubs right fielder, fell on the right field line while pursuing Hill's two-RBI triple. He was assisted off the field and his condition was not immediately known.

Samardzija allowed just two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven in his third no-decision outing.

NOTES: Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he would do anything within his powers to assist the Ricketts family -- the Cubs owners -- in a multi-million dollar renovation of Wrigley Field. "They know the right thing to do for this franchise and the sport is to preserve this," said Selig, on hand for Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary observances. "I know they've had trouble, I'm disappointed and I think they've been unfairly criticized in so many ways. ... I'll try to do anything that I possibly can and they know that." ... The Diamondbacks' 1910 throwbacks were simple gray collared uniforms and gray hats with a blue bill while the Cubs' Federals uniforms had a pinstripes, simple CFeds lettering and a slight yellow tint. They wore a plain dark blue cap. ... Nine more Cubs games will feature throwback uniforms as the season progresses representing different decades in team history. ... Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt has reached base via hit or walk in 23 contents, including hits in 21 of 24 games this season. He entered Wednesday's game batting .330 and his 30 hits topped the National League. ... The Diamondbacks send right-hander Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 10-29 ERA) against the Cubs Edwin Jackson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) in Thursday's series finale.

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