Colorado at Chicago

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Colorado (16-7) «101110000491
Chi. Cubs (10-13)200000001380

Rockies 4, Cubs 3

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CHICAGO -- Todd Helton and Jorge De La Rosa were too much for the Chicago Cubs to handle.

Helton homered twice for the Rockies and De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Tuesday night.

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"We got a very good start tonight," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy." He got better as the game went along. As his tempo into the game got better, so did he.

"To go out there and get that extra inning, he went out in the seventh and put it down very nicely. He pitched us right to the two guys at the back end."

Rafael Betancourt pitched the eighth and Huston Street gave up a solo homer to Alfonso Soriano leading off the ninth before closing out the Cubs for his ninth straight save to start the season.

James Russell (1-3) gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in four innings.

"The one thing I've seen is that when he's been missing, they don't miss very often," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "Wasn't a real conducive night to having pitches up in the strike zone. It was a very favorable night hitter wise. I'm actually surprised at the final score. But he kept us in the game."

Ty Wigginton had three hits for Colorado, including a homer and a double. Troy Tulowitzki added two hits and an RBI double in the third.

"What I'm seeing with Jorge that is very, very good to see is that we get down early, then get a couple back and Wigginton hits the home run to give us the lead, and all of a sudden it just seems like there is a different gear that shows up," Tracy said. "To me, that's the sign of a guy that is really starting to understand how to be a winning pitcher on a regular basis."

Wigginton, in his first season with Colorado, marvels at getting to see Helton up close.

"He's clearly still one of the best hitters in the game," said Wigginton "It's a treat to watch him every night."

Helton wasn't available to talk to reporters after the game.

At 16-7, the Rockies have the best 23-game start in team history. The Cubs are 3-5 on this homestand, with one game left. The night before, shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors in one inning, and the Cubs finished with four in a loss to Colorado.

"We got to be patient," Soriano said. "It's not easy to play here, especially in April. But that's not the key right now. We gotta win some games and score some runs."

Helton's homer to right field in the first inning landed only a few rows behind the ivy, aided by the wind. In the fifth, though, he hit a long no-doubter out to center.

It was the 27th career multihomer game for Helton and his first since Aug. 7, 2007. against Milwaukee.

Tulowitzki let a grounder by Geovany Soto skip under his glove, letting the Cubs take a 2-1 lead in the first. Earlier, Jeff Baker hit a two-out single to tie it.

Notes

One night after his first career five-hit game, Chicago's Kosuke Fukudome was out of the starting lineup with the Cubs facing LHP De La Rosa. Manager Mike Quade said Fukudome would be seeing plenty of action in the days ahead with the Cubs facing a string of right-handed starters at Arizona and Los Angeles. Fukudome grounded out twice after entering as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, snapping his hitting streak at eight games. ... Rockies starter Aaron Cook is getting closer to returning to the rotation. Cook threw 60 pitches during a bullpen session on Monday, reporting no problems. Manager Jim Tracy said the broken finger on Cook's right hand is "no longer an issue" and that he is now in a spring training mode. Cook will throw again on Saturday and if all goes well, he'll rejoin the Rockies next week in Arizona to continue his throwing program. ... Tracy gave OF Carlos Gonzalez the night off on Tuesday to "let him clear his head." Gonzalez, who is hitting .217 and is just 1 of 20 against lef-thanders this season, finished third in the NL MVP voting last season. Gonzalez entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth and grounded out in the ninth. ... Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta stole his second base in 363 career games in the fourth inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Baker
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3100120 .273
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5020002 .317
Todd Helton, 1B5222003 .317
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4021001 .326
Jose Lopez, 3B4000002 .143
Ty Wigginton, LF4131010 .233
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4000012 .159
Chris Iannetta, C2000211 .163
Jorge De La Rosa, P3000032 .231
    Carlos Gonzalez, LF1000000 .214
Totals3549438  
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (7, Russell), Ty Wigginton (3, Berg)
HR - Todd Helton 2 (3, Russell, Russell), Ty Wigginton (2, Russell)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (10), Troy Tulowitzki (17), Ty Wigginton (10)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (4), Troy Tulowitzki (7)
SB - Ty Wigginton (2, 2nd base off Wood/Soto), Chris Iannetta (1, 2nd base off Russell/Soto)
CS - Jonathan Herrera (2, 2nd base by Marshall/Soto)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,4-0) 7621090 2.61
Rafael Betancourt (H,7) 1100010 2.38
Huston Street (S,9) 1111001 2.35
HBP - Johnson (by Jorge De La Rosa)
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 110-71, Rafael Betancourt 8-6, Huston Street 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-7, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 30, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5110002 .350
Darwin Barney, 2B4120021 .329
Marlon Byrd, CF4000034 .281
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010023 .325
Jeff Baker, 1B4021012 .409
Geovany Soto, C4000002 .227
Alfonso Soriano, LF4111002 .235
Reed Johnson, RF-CF3010010 .375
James Russell, P2000012 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH-RF2000000 .458
Totals36382010  
a-grounded out for Marshall in the 7th
Batting
HR - Alfonso Soriano (7, Street)
RBI - Jeff Baker (9), Alfonso Soriano (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (9)
SB - Starlin Castro (4, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Russell (L,1-3) 4544343 8.31
Justin Berg 2100020 0.00
Sean Marshall 1100000 0.82
Kerry Wood 1100010 2.16
John Grabow 1100010 5.06
HBP - Fowler (by James Russell)
Pitches-Strikes - James Russell 82-47, Justin Berg 23-14, Sean Marshall 11-7, Kerry Wood 15-11, John Grabow 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Russell 5-3, Justin Berg 2-2, John Grabow 2-0
Batters Faced - James Russell 21, Justin Berg 7, Sean Marshall 3, Kerry Wood 4, John Grabow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38261
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez