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Cubs end 7-game losing streak, beat D’backs

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Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning Sunday in Phoenix.

PHOENIX – For one afternoon, Cubs manager Dale Sveum could laugh about his team’s travails on the basepaths.

“We’re like a vitamin – one a day,” Sveum said after actually watching two runners get thrown out Sunday in a 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“You don’t teach it. You don’t see it. Strange stuff. It’s unbelievable.”

Such stuff is one of the reasons the Cubs are in the midst of its own final-week push, this one to avoid becoming the first Cubs team since 1966 to lose 100 games.

With 99 losses already after ending a seven-game losing streak, the Cubs will have to sweep their last three games against the only major league team with a worse record – the 106-loss Houston Astros.

“I’m expecting a little bit of a playoff atmosphere to try and avoid that number,” Sveum said. “It’ll be fun, at least as much fun as we can have in this season to try and stay away from it.”

Anthony Rizzo had three hits and David DeJesus homered. The win was the Cubs’ second in its past 13 games overall.

“It wasn’t the prettiest thing ever,” Sveum said.

Chris Rusin (2-3) allowed one earned run and three hits in five innings.

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