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Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) Rob Scahill was sound asleep early Wednesday morning when he got a call from his manager at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies needed another arm for their weary bullpen, and they wanted Scahill to join the team in his hometown.

It was the start of one fun day for the right-hander.

Scahill pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win, and the Rockies got a tiebreaking RBI single from Brandon Barnes in the 10th inning of a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

''I can cross it off my bucket list, coming to Wrigley,'' said Scahill, a Lombard native who grew up rooting for the crosstown White Sox. ''I was definitely excited to have the opportunity to pitch here.''

Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry's third hit of the game before Barnes singled with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide.

''We got some timely hits tonight,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''We got a few early, and then of course Barnesy had the big one late.''

Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save as Colorado rebounded after it used eight relievers in a 16-inning loss on Tuesday night.

Luis Valbuena had three hits and three RBIs for the Cubs, including a tying two-run homer with two out in the eighth. Valbuena's eighth homer came after Stubbs dropped a fly ball at the wall in center, prolonging the inning.

Valbuena came up with a runner on first and two out in the 10th, but was retired on a sinking liner to right.

McKenry, Charlie Blackmon and Charlie Culberson each doubled home a run for the Rockies, who finished with 12 hits. Brett Anderson allowed a season-high 11 hits, but held the Cubs to two runs in seven innings.

''I made some pitches when I had to, and it was a good team win,'' Anderson said.

Cubs left-hander Travis Wood set career highs with 11 strikeouts and 119 pitches, but remains winless in eight starts dating to a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15. Wood gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.

''It was definitely a positive,'' Wood said. ''I had good command of most of my stuff. Missed with a few and they made me pay.''

Journeyman catcher John Baker had an RBI double one night after he pitched a scoreless 16th inning and scored the winning run in Chicago's 4-3 victory.

Blackmon and Culberson got their RBI doubles in the second, helping the Rockies to a 3-0 lead. After Baker got the Cubs on the board in the fifth, McKenry doubled home Stubbs in the sixth to restore Colorado's three-run advantage.


Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup due to soreness in his right ankle and left knee. He went 1 for 5 with a walk and scored a run while playing 12 innings in Tuesday night's loss.

"He's not quite 100 percent with that ankle,'' Weiss said. ''He played in that fiasco last night and we've got a day game tomorrow, so a lot of things lined up for having a day off.''


The Cubs send right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.18 ERA) to the mound for the finale of the four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Arrieta is looking for his first win in a month in his first career appearance against Colorado.

Tyler Matzek was slated to start for the Rockies, but Weiss decided to give him an extra day or two of rest after he gave up Starlin Castro's game-ending sacrifice fly in the 16-inning loss. Instead, Pedro Hernandez will be promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs for the lefty's first game with Colorado.

Hernandez, 25, signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in November after he went 3-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 14 games with Minnesota last year, including 12 starts.


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Players of the Game

C. Blackmon
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

L. Valbuena
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, RF5031020.304.350.466
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5000022.283.335.357
Nolan Arenado, 3B4210120.283.313.471
Justin Morneau, 1B5021021.313.350.503
Drew Stubbs, CF4210122.300.341.510
Michael McKenry, C5131011.350.409.500
Brandon Barnes, LF5011013.241.291.392
Charlie Culberson, SS3111200.181.234.299
Brett Anderson, P3000034.077.077.154
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Corey Dickerson, PH1000000.327.392.581
   Rob Scahill, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Wilin Rosario, PH1000002.240.276.400
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000.000.000.000
a-lined out for Kahnle in the 9th
b-lined out for Scahill in the 10th
2B - Charlie Blackmon (20, Wood), Nolan Arenado (23, Wood), Justin Morneau (22, Schlitter), Michael McKenry (6, Wood), Charlie Culberson (7, Wood)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (55), Justin Morneau (63), Michael McKenry (10), Brandon Barnes (16), Charlie Culberson (13)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (13), Justin Morneau (23)
SB - Drew Stubbs (12, 2nd base off Wood/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau, Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau-Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau, Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau-Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - Drew Stubbs (5, Dropped fly)
Colorado Rockies
Brett Anderson 71122090 3.12
Tommy Kahnle (BS,2) 1120021 2.62
Rob Scahill (W,1-0) 1100010 5.68
Adam Ottavino (S,1) 1100010 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 114-76, Tommy Kahnle 22-17, Rob Scahill 12-7, Adam Ottavino 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 6-2
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 28, Tommy Kahnle 5, Rob Scahill 4, Adam Ottavino 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B5010023.254.341.437
Chris Coghlan, LF5120011.276.351.449
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5020010.285.387.519
Starlin Castro, SS5110033.270.322.419
Luis Valbuena, 3B5133011.252.335.433
Junior Lake, CF4000013.210.239.366
Ryan Sweeney, RF4130000.234.282.335
John Baker, C4011022.217.306.264
Travis Wood, P2010011.262.295.524
   Justin Grimm, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Justin Ruggiano, PH1000001.284.345.432
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Hector Rondon, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000011.197.243.309
   Wesley Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
a-flied out for Grimm in the 7th
b-struck out for Rondon in the 9th
2B - Ryan Sweeney (7, Anderson), John Baker (6, Anderson)
HR - Luis Valbuena (8, Kahnle)
RBI - Luis Valbuena 3 (34), John Baker (11)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Valbuena 3 (14), John Baker (8)
CS - Chris Coghlan (2, 2nd base by Anderson/McKenry)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Ryan Sweeney 1
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Travis Wood 68442110 5.10
Justin Grimm 1000010 4.66
Brian Schlitter 1100010 3.72
Hector Rondon 1100010 3.43
Wesley Wright (L,0-2) 1222210 2.84
IBB - Culberson by Travis Wood
WP - Wesley Wright (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 119-76, Justin Grimm 13-8, Brian Schlitter 15-8, Hector Rondon 15-11, Wesley Wright 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-3, Justin Grimm 1-1, Brian Schlitter 2-0, Hector Rondon 1-1, Wesley Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Justin Grimm 3, Brian Schlitter 4, Hector Rondon 4, Wesley Wright 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29491
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi