Finley's three homers not enough for D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) – Steve Finley hit three home runs, but Alex Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Gonzalez homered off Matt Mantei to help the Cubs snap the Diamondbacks' three-game winning streak after Finley's third solo shot had tied it at 3-3 in the eighth.

Arizona's Richie Sexson left the game with a strained left shoulder and probably will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, manager Bob Brenly said.

It occurred on a check-swing on a pitch from reliever LaTroy Hawkins with one out in the eighth inning.

An MRI was planned on Thursday.

Carlos Baerga completed Sexson's at-bat with a groundout, then Finley homered on Hawkins' first pitch to tie it at 3-3.

Danny Bautista followed with a double to extend his career-best hitting streak to 20 games, longest active in the majors.

It was Finley's fourth career three-homer game and first since Sept.

6, 1999, at Milwaukee.

His was the fifth three-homer game in Arizona's seven-year history.

Gonzalez homered on his first pitch he saw from Mantei (0-3) with one out.

Hawkins (1-0) got the victory despite allowing Finley's third homer in two-thirds of an inning.

Joe Borowski pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.

Greg Maddux, 1-6 in 11 career starts against Arizona, left with a 3-2 lead after six innings, scatting six hits, striking out three and walking two.

Maddux, 2-6 in 11 career starts against Arizona, scattered six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.

He has allowed three runs in 13 innings in his last two starts, winning both.

Arizona rookie Casey Daigle gave up just three hits over seven innings, all doubles, in his second strong outing in a row.

Daigle struck out five and walked three.

Finley's leadoff home run in the second, his second homer in as many nights and third of the season, cut the lead to 2-1.

Maddux walked Chad Tracy and Matt Kata to load the bases with two outs, but Donnie Sadler struck out.

Finley homered with one out in the sixth to cut it to 3-2.

The Cubs were without manager Dusty Baker, who served a one-game suspension for his tirade in an April 16 game against Cincinnati.