Kurt Suzuki tags Starlin Castro on a third inning play at the plate.
Hitting highlight: With Werth and Harper out of the lineup, several guys were bumped up a slot or two in Davey Johnson's order. That included Desmond in the No. 5 slot, and the shortstop took full advantage of the opportunity with one of his best offensive performances of the season. Desmond beat out an infield single in the second inning, crushed a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in another run with a double to right in the fifth. That left him in prime position to go for the cycle, but alas he got only one more at-bat in the game and grounded out to third on the first pitch he saw. Oh well, Desmond will have to settle for a 3-for-4, 3 RBI night.
Pitching highlight: It was kind of a strange night for Detwiler, who inexplicably was serving up doubles like his life depended on it. The Cubs touched him up for six of them in 6 2/3 innings, four of them leading off innings. But the left-hander managed to limit the damage as much as realistically possible, allowing only two runs. He certainly was pitching to contact all night, striking out only two batters but not issuing any walks. The end result: A quality start, his fifth in seven tries this season. Detwiler may have grimaced a bit as he covered first base on the final batter he faced, but whatever it was, it didn't appear too serious.
Key stat: Over his last seven games, LaRoche is 11-for-20 and has safely reached base 17 times.
Up next: Old pal Edwin Jackson will take the mound for the Cubs at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, still seeking his first win in seven tries this season. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, looks for his first win since Opening Day.