National League Game Summary - Colorado at Chicago|
(Saturday, August 25th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A day after watching their three-run lead
disappear, the Colorado Rockies climbed out of a three-run hole to beat the
Chicago Cubs, 4-3.
Andrew Brown hit his first major league home run and Josh Rutledge hit a two-
run blast for Colorado, which rebounded from losing the series opener, 5-3, to
win for the sixth time in seven games.
"It was a nice milestone," Brown said. "Hopefully it's not the last. To come
where we needed this win after yesterday's game, it was a great feeling to
come through at the time. It is a memory and I'll never forget it."
Alex White was tagged for three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with four
strikeouts over four innings. Carlos Torres (3-1) tossed 2 1/3 innings of
scoreless relief to earn the win.
Brett Jackson homered for the second straight day, but the Cubs have dropped
four of their last five contests.
Brooks Raley, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to the game,
surrendered two runs in five innings while striking out four to pick up a no
Manuel Corpas (0-1) gave up the tying and winning runs in 1 1/3 innings of
work to take the loss.
"I thought (Raley) did a nice job," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Corpas
gives up the solo home run and we couldn't pull off a couple double plays that
were sitting right in our laps right there. It kind of changed the game
After the Cubs scored three runs in the fourth inning, the Rockies immediately
began chipping away at their lead. Jonathan Herrera dribbled a single up the
middle to start the fifth and Rutledge smashed a first-pitch changeup over the
left-field fence to bring the Rockies within a run.
Brown tied the game when he crushed a slider onto Waveland Avenue to leadoff
the sixth inning.
Torres led off the seventh inning with a base hit before the Rockies
capitalized on a crucial mistake. DJ LaMahieu hit a ground ball to shortstop
Starlin Castro, who stepped on the bag at second for the first out but threw
wide to first to allow LaMahieu to reach.
Jordan Pacheco followed with a live drive to right field to move LaMahieu to
third, putting runners on the corners for Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez, facing
Alex Hinshaw, hit a ground ball to first base, but he raced down the first-
base line to avoid a double play and allow LaMahieu to score.
The Cubs put two on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Rex
Brothers came on to strike out David DeJesus and Joe Mather was caught
stealing second base to end the threat.
Rafael Betancourt retired the side in order in the ninth to record his 26th
save of the season.
The Cubs scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Alfonso Soriano
and Castro started the inning with a pair of singles, placing runners on first
and third. After Castro was caught stealing at second base, Soriano scored
when Chris Nelson bobbled the transfer on a ground ball to third base.
Jackson followed by lofting a fly ball to left-center field which, with the
help of a strong wind, reached the basket to expand the Cubs' lead to three.
The Cubs optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Iowa prior to the game to make room
for Raley ... The Cubs are 5-19 in their last 24 games ... White has gone 10
starts without a win, dating back to June 3 ... Colorado went 0-for-3 with
runners in scoring position and left six on base ... Chicago went 0-for-4 with
runners in scoring position and stranded four.
08/25 19:24:35 ET