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Castro's three-error inning helps Rockies defeat Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro's three errors in the second inning didn't even quite cost the Cubs the game.

It was that fourth one, by pitcher Matt Garza, that was really costly. His errant throw opened the door for the Rockies to score the go-ahead run and Colorado beat Chicago 5-3 on a misty and windy Monday night at Wrigley Field.

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"We lost tonight because I couldn't throw the ball to first base," Garza said. "If I throw the ball to first base, it's still a 3-3 ballgame and we're still playing."

Dexter Fowler hit a triple, walk and scored a run for Colorado. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

Rockies starter Esmil Rogers gave up eight hits and four walks, but just three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Lindstrom and Rafael Betancourt combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

"Our bullpen once again stepped up big time," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Only one of the five runs scored against Garza were earned. He gave up three hits and a walk in six innings.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a grounder to Castro leading off the second, reaching base when he bobbled the ball while trying to transfer it to his throwing hand.

Todd Helton struck out and Seth Smith singled before Jose Lopez's grounder popped out of Castro's glove, letting Tulowitzki score.

Now with Smith on second and Lopez on first, Chris Iannetta hit a grounder that Castro fielded cleanly.

His throw, though, sailed past Barney at second base and into the Cubs' bullpen along the right field line.

Smith and Lopez came all the way home to tie the game at 3.

"After I caught the ball, it was kind of wet and I tried to hurry," Castro said through an interpreter. "It was just one of those things."

When Castro finally fielded a grounder and threw out Rogers at first, he got a sarcastic cheer. Fowler struck out to end the inning.

"If you're in a hurry with a wet pig, you're in trouble," Cubs manager Mike Quade said.

One more mistake let the Rockies take the lead.

In the fifth inning, with men on first and second, Jonathan Herrera laid down a bunt. Garza's throw to Barney at first was wide and up the right-field line, allowing Rogers to score. Fowler reached third and later came home on Carlos Gonzalez's groundout.

"Obviously the conditions were pretty tough to play in tonight," Tracy said. "We handled the ball with the conditions of the field. I don't think you can ask a group of players to handle the ball any better with the field conditions, as wet as it was."

Castro was the first Cubs player to have three errors in an inning since Jaime Navarro did it on Aug. 18, 1996, against Houston.

The major league record for errors in an inning by a shortstop is four. It has happened three times, though not since Lennie Merullo did it Sept. 13, 1942. He later played on the last Cubs team to make the World Series, in 1945.

According to STATS, LLC, the last player to make three errors in an inning was 3B Andy Marte of Cleveland on June 10 last year. The last SS to do it was Aaron Miles of St. Louis, on July 7, 2007.

Notes

  • Castro also went 0 for 5.
  • Kosuke Fukudome set a career high with five hits, all singles and Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer in the first inning. "It is actually my birthday in Japan with the time difference, so it's my day," Fukudome said through an interpreter.
  • Quade gave third baseman Aramis Ramirez the night off, starting Jeff Baker in his place.
  • Quade said that injured starting pitchers Randy Wells (forearm strain) and Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff strain) were both progressing well, though no timetable has been established for their return to the Cubs' rotation. Both pitchers, who were placed on the disabled list on April 7, are slated to be re-examined on Wednesday.
  • Fowler's seventh-inning triple gave him 25 in his career, moving him past Ellis Burks for fifth on Colorado's career list.
 
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It's a lonely feeling for young Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro after he commits his third error of the second inning.  (AP)
It's a lonely feeling for young Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro after he commits his third error of the second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

K. Fukudome
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3110121 .282
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3000001 .310
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4001020 .217
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4100000 .317
Todd Helton, 1B4010011 .310
Seth Smith, RF4110021 .303
Jose Lopez, 3B3101001 .153
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH0000100 .175
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Chris Iannetta, C4000021 .170
Esmil Rogers, P2110001 .222
    Ty Wigginton, 3B2000021 .196
Totals33542211  
a-walked for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
3B - Dexter Fowler (1, Samardzija)
SH - Jonathan Herrera (2)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (14), Jose Lopez (8)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (1, 2nd base off Mateo/Soto)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (1, 2nd base by Garza/Soto)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Helton-Tulowitzki-Lindstrom
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers (W,3-1) 5.1833431 6.33
Matt Lindstrom (H,5) 1.2100010 0.93
Rafael Betancourt (H,6) 1100010 2.61
Huston Street (S,8) 1100010 1.88
HBP - Johnson (by Esmil Rogers)
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 106-64, Matt Lindstrom 18-11, Rafael Betancourt 14-10, Huston Street 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 8-5, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 29, Matt Lindstrom 5, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5150000 .478
Darwin Barney, 2B5112004 .320
Starlin Castro, SS5000003 .357
Jeff Baker, 3B4130112 .400
Carlos Pena, 1B4000124 .169
Marlon Byrd, CF4020101 .293
Alfonso Soriano, LF3001002 .235
Geovany Soto, C3000112 .239
Matt Garza, P2000013 .000
   a- Reed Johnson, PH0000000 .381
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake DeWitt, PH1000010 .235
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
Totals36311346  
a-hit by pitch for Garza in the 6th
b-struck out for Samardzija in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Baker (4, Street)
HR - Darwin Barney (1, Rogers)
SF - Alfonso Soriano (1)
RBI - Darwin Barney 2 (13), Alfonso Soriano (15)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Starlin Castro 3 (7, Misplayed grounder), Matt Garza (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (L,0-3) 6351170 4.11
Jeff Samardzija 2100020 3.14
Marcos Mateo 1000120 6.97
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 102-70, Jeff Samardzija 30-18, Marcos Mateo 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 10-4, Jeff Samardzija 2-2, Marcos Mateo 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 25, Jeff Samardzija 7, Marcos Mateo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37417
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 43
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West