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Baez homers in debut as Cubs top Rockies, 6-5

By MICHAEL KELLY
Associated Press
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DENVER (AP) Javier Baez made his major league debut a memorable one for himself and his family.

Baez led off the 12th inning with a towering home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Wellington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who have won four of five.

Baez, a prized prospect called up before the game, played his first game in the big leagues with his family sitting behind home plate. He struck out in three of his first five at-bats before hitting Boone Logan's first pitch of the 12th an estimated 414 feet into the Rockies' bullpen.

''I faced him before and he threw me all curveballs,'' Baez said. ''He's got a good curveball so I wasn't sitting on the curveball, I was trying to hit a fastball.''

When he crossed home plate he pointed to his personal fan club and went back to the dugout where he was greeted with cheers.

''Everybody was going crazy,'' he said.

Baez nearly had his first hit in the seventh when he a drove a ball hard to right field but it was caught to end the inning. He didn't miss when he got a fastball in the 12th.

''He had a few strikeouts but it wasn't for anxiousness,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''He didn't seem anxious at all. He got the first pitch he can hit and drove it.''

Hector Rondon (3-3) blew his fourth save but got the win and Carlos Villanueva picked up his second save.

Both teams scored a run in the 11th to extend the game.

Nolan Arenado homered and Logan (2-2) took the loss for the Rockies, who have dropped five straight.

Rockies starter Brett Anderson allowed just one hit through three innings but left after one pitch in the fourth due to back spasms.

''His back locked up and it doesn't look too good now,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Franklin Morales came on and threw two scoreless innings before Castillo led off the sixth with his eighth home run of the season to cut Colorado's lead to 3-1.

The shaky Colorado bullpen faltered in the seventh. Three relievers combined to walk six batters in the inning, three of which scored to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

The Cubs drew nine walks and only had six hits.

Arenado tied it in the bottom of the seventh with his 10th home run of the season.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the second on Brandon Barnes' two-run double over the bag at third base.

Colorado added another run on a walk and three hits in the fifth inning.

STARTING STRONG

Chicago right-hander Travis Wood left the game after six innings with a 4-3 lead but came away without a win. He has 10 quality starts this season but hasn't had a victory since June 15. The Cubs' rotation has 56 quality starts but only 26 wins this year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is with the team and close to returning after missing more than a year following Tommy John surgery. In 12 rehab outings this year Fujikawa has a 0.77 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 2-3 innings. He last pitched in a major league game on May 26, 2013.

Rockies: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday but hasn't started baseball related activities. The leading hitter in the major leagues has been out since suffering a left hip flexor strain in Washington on July 19 and manager Walt Weiss said Tulowitzki could return in the next week.

ON DECK

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (6-2, 2.11) will try to duplicate his strong start last week when didn't allow a Rockies' baserunner until late into the fifth inning in the Cubs' win at Wrigley Field. The righty allowed just three hits in seven innings of work but faces a stiffer challenge at Coors Field.

Rockies: Right-hander Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.52) will return to the rotation after missing two months with a fractured left hand. Lyles, acquired in an offseason trade with Houston, was pitching effectively before suffering the injury on a comebacker against Arizona on June 4.

 
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W. Castillo
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
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N. Arenado
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Arismendy Alcantara, CF5000124.240.315.385
Javier Baez, 2B6111034.167.167.667
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5100120.283.387.510
Starlin Castro, SS5220110.278.330.425
Justin Ruggiano, RF6010014.274.333.416
Luis Valbuena, 3B3110201.252.339.443
Welington Castillo, C3112201.236.301.386
Junior Lake, LF2010010.217.244.367
   a-Chris Coghlan, PH0001100.292.371.475
   Ryan Sweeney, PR-LF1011100.241.293.335
Travis Wood, P1000000.256.289.512
   b-Chris Valaika, PH0001000.167.333.167
   Wesley Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000001.192.240.300
   Pedro Strop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   d-John Baker, PH1000013.206.292.250
   Hector Rondon, P0000000.000.000.000
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals39686911    
a-walked for Lake in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Wood in the 7th
c-grounded into a double play for Grimm in the 9th
d-struck out for Schlitter in the 11th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (30, Ottavino)
HR - Javier Baez (1, Logan), Welington Castillo (8, Morales)
SF - Chris Valaika (1)
SH - Travis Wood (6)
RBI - Javier Baez (1), Welington Castillo 2 (32), Chris Coghlan (20), Ryan Sweeney (18), Chris Valaika (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castro-Baez-Rizzo, Castro-Baez-Rizzo-Castro-Baez-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood 6733320 5.08
Wesley Wright (BS,2) 1111001 2.91
Justin Grimm 1100010 4.41
Pedro Strop 1000100 2.61
Brian Schlitter 1200100 3.49
Hector Rondon (W,3-3; BS,4) 1311020 3.40
Carlos Villanueva (S,2) 1100020 5.28
IBB - Rosario by Brian Schlitter
WP - Travis Wood (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 74-43, Wesley Wright 15-9, Justin Grimm 12-7, Pedro Strop 12-8, Brian Schlitter 13-7, Hector Rondon 27-19, Carlos Villanueva 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 6-9, Wesley Wright 1-2, Justin Grimm 1-0, Pedro Strop 2-1, Brian Schlitter 2-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Wesley Wright 4, Justin Grimm 3, Pedro Strop 4, Brian Schlitter 5, Hector Rondon 6, Carlos Villanueva 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Charlie Blackmon, LF6010003.294.339.448
Josh Rutledge, SS5011113.296.345.459
Nolan Arenado, 3B5131001.288.321.481
   Charlie Culberson, PR-3B1011000.184.239.296
Justin Morneau, 1B6010015.307.344.486
Drew Stubbs, CF5120020.307.345.515
Wilin Rosario, C4130200.252.290.405
Brandon Barnes, RF5012004.248.295.400
   Boone Logan, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Michael McKenry, PH1000011.337.409.482
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5100113.271.326.343
Brett Anderson, P1010000.143.143.286
   Franklin Morales, P0000000.143.217.143
   b-Corey Dickerson, PH1000012.309.373.547
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Masset, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Belisle, P0000000.000.000.000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Carlos Gonzalez, PH0000100.237.290.422
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Pridie, RF1110000.250.250.250
Totals46515557    
a-struck out for Logan in the 12th
b-struck out for Morales in the 6th
c-walked for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Barnes (13, Wood), Brett Anderson (2, Wood)
HR - Nolan Arenado (10, Wright)
SH - Drew Stubbs (2), Franklin Morales (5)
RBI - Josh Rutledge (21), Nolan Arenado (41), Charlie Culberson (15), Brandon Barnes 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Rutledge (3), Nolan Arenado (16), Charlie Culberson (5)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Morneau, Rutledge-Morneau-LeMahieu-Rutledge-Morneau, Rutledge-Morneau-LeMahieu-Rutledge-Morneau-Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - LaTroy Hawkins (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson 3100020 2.91
Franklin Morales 3211031 5.08
Tommy Kahnle (H,6) 0.1033310 3.05
Nick Masset 0000100 4.91
Rex Brothers (BS,5) 0.1000200 4.63
Matt Belisle 1.1000010 5.13
LaTroy Hawkins 1100100 3.00
Boone Logan (L,2-2) 1.2311011 5.48
Adam Ottavino 1.1111230 3.81
IBB - Sweeney by LaTroy Hawkins
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 32-24, Franklin Morales 43-34, Tommy Kahnle 20-7, Nick Masset 6-2, Rex Brothers 14-6, Matt Belisle 18-13, LaTroy Hawkins 16-10, Adam Ottavino 36-18, Boone Logan 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 5-1, Franklin Morales 4-2, Matt Belisle 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Adam Ottavino 1-0, Boone Logan 3-0
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 9, Franklin Morales 11, Tommy Kahnle 4, Nick Masset 1, Rex Brothers 3, Matt Belisle 4, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Adam Ottavino 7, Boone Logan 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35043
Game Time - 4:21
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Joe West