ARI@CHC: Hill triples to give D-backs lead in the 9th

CHICAGO -- D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill and outfielder Cody Ross both got much-needed hits Wednesday afternoon.

Hill, who had been mired in a slump and was given Tuesday night's game off, went 4-for-5 with the game-winning, two-run triple in the ninth inning Wednesday.

"I had been feeling good, but when you play this game long enough, you know you're going to go through those stretches," Hill said.

Ross, meanwhile, grounded an RBI single through the right side of the infield in the sixth inning. It was his first hit of the year. Ross began the season on the disabled list and had been 0-for-17 since being activated.

When he reached first, Ross turned toward the D-backs dugout and made a hand gesture that jokingly indicated he wanted the ball for a souvenir. Players generally ask for the ball when they get their first career hit, or reach a significant milestone.

"I definitely wasn't going to let it affect me," Ross said of the slow start. "I just focused on trying to put together quality at-bats and hit the ball hard. An old wise man once told me, 'You're a producer, not a director.' So you just try and keep producing and you can't help where the balls go."

Turns out Ross had taken some good-natured teasing from infielder Cliff Pennington before Wednesday's game.

"Penny was joking around in our hitter's meeting before the game about someone needing to show me where first base was, because I hadn't been there yet," Ross said.

Montero shows support for Gibson, Towers

ARI@CHC: Montero plates Parra with a double to right

CHICAGO -- The question was about Mike Bolsinger, but D-backs catcher Miguel Montero used it instead to defend the performance of general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson.

The pair have been under fire lately with the D-backs off to a slow start.

"First of all, I just want to say that I've been reading all the comments about Gibby and KT and I just would be very disappointed if something happened to them," Montero said referring to either or both of them losing their jobs. "The bottom line is, it's our responsibility to go out there and take care of business. I just wanted to say that, because the blame should be on us. It should be on the players, it should be on us, because we haven't played the way we are supposed to play."

The D-backs were at 5-18 before winning the final two games of the series with the Cubs and with losses in 10 of their previous 11 games.

That prompted speculation that one, or both could be dismissed in the coming week.

"I read all the articles and we see what's going on," Montero said. "We're smart, we know how the game goes, we know how the business goes and obviously I just feel bad. Because you know the bottom line, it's our responsibility to come here and do our job and we haven't been doing it. We can't put the blame on them. Nobody can put the blame on them because they've been the guys that have been coming here working their butt off every day, day in and day out with the best attitude."

The D-backs coaching staff has also done its job according to Montero.

"There's no blame for any of the coaching staff," Montero said. "They've been here busting their butt and they've been doing their job. We have to go out there and execute."

Gosewisch has mixed feelings following first homer

ARI@CHC: Gosewisch hits his first big league homer

CHICAGO -- A player's first Major League home run is usually cause for celebration in a clubhouse following the game.

Unless, of course, you're the Arizona Diamondbacks and you're mired in a losing streak and a rocky start to the year and you just suffered a 9-2 loss.

That was the situation Tuesday night at Wrigley Field when D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit the first homer of his big league career.

"It was a great feeling, but I still wasn't as happy as I would have been if we had been winning," Gosewisch said. "We had just given up a four-spot before it, so I didn't really celebrate it much after it happened."

Gosewisch spent nine years climbing the Minor League ladder to get to the big leagues and, despite their frustration over the loss, his teammates were happy for him and that night's losing pitcher Brandon McCarthy even gave him a shout out on Twitter.

"At the end of the day, everyone congratulated me and said how awesome it was," Gosewisch said. "It was fun, you know, it was a great place to do it."

Gosewisch got the ball from the homer, but said he is not sure exactly what he will do with it yet.