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Gonzalez's hustle lifts Rockies

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CHICAGO -- The Colorado Rockies are building for the future, and their prospects are taking advantage of the opportunity.

Andrew Brown hit his first career homer, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge had a two-run shot and the Rockies rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

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Colorado grabbed the lead for good when Carlos Gonzalez used his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning, allowing DJ LeMahieu to come home for a 4-3 lead.

Carlos Torres (3-1) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings as four relievers combined for five innings of one-hit ball, leading the Rockies to their sixth win in seven games.

"It's good for our kids, as young as we are," manager Jim Tracy said. "To be involved in games like this, and the realization we are playing in this type of game, there is no room for error."

Brett Jackson hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which has lost five of six and seven of nine.

"He had some good swings," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That should be helping him out confidence-wise."

Jackson connected in the Cubs' three-run fourth inning against Alex White, belting a drive to center for his second homer in two days and No. 3 for his career -- all in the last week.

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.

"Everything he's done is impressive. We're trying to nurse him along," Tracy said.

Raley, recalled from Triple-A Iowa before the game, allowed five hits, struck out four and walked three in his fourth career start.

Brown hit a tying solo shot off Manuel Corpas in the sixth. Brown hit 24 home runs in 100 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs before the Rockies promoted him on July 17. His first home run in the majors arrived in his 26th game.

"It was a nice milestone. Hopefully it's not the last," Brown said. "It was a great feeling to come through at the time.

"I'm trying not to do too much. You always press when you try to do too much to prove you can do what you've been doing. I'm finally starting to get back to trying to meet the ball square."

Corpas (0-1) was charged with two runs in 1 1/3 innings against his former team as the Cubs dropped to 5-18 in August.

Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances. He has converted nine of 10 opportunities in August.

"What we did today that we didn't do yesterday was execute late in the game to win a one-run game," Tracy said. "We took a terrific job from Carlos Torres through all the guys to [Betancourt], their aggressiveness throwing strikes."

Notes

Reliever Alex Hinshaw made his Cubs debut when he pitched to Gonzalez in the seventh. The Cubs claimed Hinshaw off waivers from the Padres on Aug. 19. ... Chicago optioned LHP Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80 ERA) to Triple-A Iowa before the game. Rusin is expected to return to the majors when rosters expand in September.. Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) and 1B Jason Giambi (viral syndrome) began rehab assignments with Double-A Tulsa on Friday. Tulowitzki went 1 for 3 with a double in five innings. Giambi went 1 for 3 with an RBI. ... Sveum said he doesn't expect the team to call up many players in September. "I don't think it'll be an overwhelming amount, but just enough to help us out in September where we can do some things roster-wise during the game and pinch hit, three to four pitchers to help out," he said.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Rutledge
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

B. Jackson
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4100101 .287
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4020001 .307
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3001101 .313
Wilin Rosario, C4010022 .245
Andrew Brown, RF4111012 .205
    Charlie Blackmon, RF0000000 .111
Chris Nelson, 3B4010000 .270
Tyler Colvin, CF3000121 .287
Jonathan Herrera, SS4110011 .242
Alex White, P1000011 .136
   a- Josh Rutledge, PH1112000 .341
    Carlos Torres, P1010000 .500
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    William Harris, P0000000 .000
   b- Dexter Fowler, PH1000010 .306
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals3448438  
a-homered for White in the 5th
b-struck out for Harris in the 9th
Batting
HR - Andrew Brown (1, Corpas), Josh Rutledge (7, Raley)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (81), Andrew Brown (4), Josh Rutledge 2 (25)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Chris Nelson (9, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex White 4532141 5.49
Carlos Torres (W,3-1) 2.1100120 4.00
Rex Brothers (H,13) 1.1000010 4.38
William Harris (H,3) 0.1000000 3.86
Rafael Betancourt (S,26) 1000010 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 80-51, Carlos Torres 37-22, Rex Brothers 8-7, William Harris 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 3-5, Carlos Torres 1-4, Rex Brothers 1-1
Batters Faced - Alex White 18, Carlos Torres 9, Rex Brothers 3, William Harris 1, Rafael Betancourt 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF4000022 .267
Josh Vitters, 3B4000000 .102
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010020 .282
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110001 .262
Starlin Castro, SS4010010 .274
Welington Castillo, C3100110 .265
Brett Jackson, CF3122110 .197
Darwin Barney, 2B3000013 .258
Brooks Raley, P2000002 .125
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Cabrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH1010000 .214
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
Totals3236228  
a-singled for Cabrera in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brett Jackson (3, White)
HR - Brett Jackson (3, White)
RBI - Brett Jackson 2 (5)
CS - Starlin Castro (11, 2nd base by White/Rosario), Joe Mather (2, 2nd base by Brothers/Rosario)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brooks Raley 5522341 6.64
Manny Corpas (BS,2; L,0-1) 1.1322021 4.19
Alex Hinshaw 0.1000000 4.45
Alberto Cabrera 0.1000000 8.64
Shawn Camp 1000010 3.63
James Russell 1000010 3.51
WP - Alberto Cabrera (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brooks Raley 80-43, Manny Corpas 22-14, Alex Hinshaw 2-2, Alberto Cabrera 4-2, Shawn Camp 14-9, James Russell 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brooks Raley 6-4, Manny Corpas 2-0, Alex Hinshaw 1-0, James Russell 2-0
Batters Faced - Brooks Raley 22, Manny Corpas 7, Alex Hinshaw 1, Alberto Cabrera 1, Shawn Camp 3, James Russell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35296
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Al Porter