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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cubs have now lost five of their last six games, after falling to the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Wrigley Field Saturday.
Brett Jackson hit a two-run homer for the Cubs in the fourth inning. But in the seventh, the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez used his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning, and drive in the go-ahead run that led to the Cubs’ defeat.
Jackson connected in the Cubs’ three-run fourth inning against Alex White. Jackson’s second homer in two days came right after third baseman Chris Nelson’s error allowed Alfonso Soriano to score the first run of the game.
But on the Rockies’ side, Andrew Brown hit his first career homer and pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge had a two-run shot for Colorado, which has won six of seven. Carlos Torres (3-1) threw 2 1-3 scoreless innings as four Rockies relievers combined for five innings of one-hit ball.
Rutledge hit for White in the fifth and drove the first pitch he saw from Brooks Raley over the wall in left, trimming the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Rutledge has been out of the starting lineup since Aug. 19 with a sore quadriceps.
Raley, recalled from Triple-A Iowa before the game, allowed five hits, struck out four and walked three.
Brown hit a tying drive off Manuel Corpas in the sixth, and the Rockies grabbed the lead for good in the seventh. With runners on first and third and one out, Gonzalez hit a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo and beat the return throw from shortstop Starlin Castro, allowing DJ LeMahieu to come home.
Corpas (0-1) was charged with two runs in 1 1-3 innings as the Cubs dropped to 5-18 in August.
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