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Cubs Beat Arizona 8-3 For First Sweet at Chase
PHOENIX (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Ryan Dempster labored through five innings and the Chicago Cubs earned their first three-game sweep at Chase Field with an 8-3 win over the free-swinging Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Outscored 35-12 in a recent seven-game homestand, the Cubs heated up in Chase Field's air conditioning, scoring 23 runs to notch their first three-game sweep at Arizona's spacious stadium in 16 series all-time.

Starlin Castro had a two-run single as Chicago roughed up Edwin Jackson (6-7) early and Ramirez put it out of reach in the ninth, hitting his third homer in two games off Chad Qualls.

Arizona continued its whiff-a-palooza, hitting 10-plus strikeouts for the fifth straight game to match a team record.

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