German Marquez throws gem, Rockies beat Cubs 3-0

DENVER (AP) German Marquez's fastball was dancing. His curve, almost untouchable. And after a diving catch by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, well, Marquez's mind couldn't help but wonder.

''I thought about it,'' Marquez said of a no-hitter.

That's how electric his command was.

Marquez allowed three hits over eight innings and got his first major league hit with a two-run single in the seventh to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday.

''For a young man against the world champions to do this, I mean, pretty special game,'' said Rockies manager Bud Black, whose team is off to its best 35-game start at 22-13.

Marquez had a no-hit bid going until Kris Bryant's double leading off the seventh. He walked Kyle Schwarber in the first and retired 16 straight before Bryant's hit to left.

The 22-year-old Marquez (1-2) struck out eight by mixing in a mid-90s fastball with an assortment of breaking pitches. The Cubs acknowledged they didn't know much about him before.

''You have to give the kid credit - he was on today and we had nothing to show for it,'' Bryant said.

With two on and two outs in the seventh, Marquez broke open the game with his liner to left on an 0-2 pitch left up. The Rockies bench gave him an ovation.

''I didn't look at that pitch, just swung,'' explained Marquez, who had the ball sitting on his shelf at his locker.

Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth for his 14th save in as many chances to help the Rockies take two of three from Chicago.

''That's how you draw it up: Get (Marquez) through eight, throw it to your closer, game over,'' catcher Ryan Hanigan said. ''That was a great win for our pitching staff.''

Kyle Hendricks (2-2) gave up three runs - two earned - in 6 1/3 innings.

''Just one of those days for us,'' Hendricks said.

Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth that was set up by an error. After Nolan Arenado's one-out single, Gonzalez sent a grounder to shortstop Javier Baez, who mishandled it. Mark Reynolds drew a walk, and Desmond lifted a ball to center.

''The game should have been 0-0. We made the one mistake at shortstop and the unlikely single by the pitcher on an 0-2 count,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Wow.''

Marquez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 25 to fill in with Jon Gray sidelined by an injury. Marquez struggled in his first two starts at Coors Field this season, posting an 11.70 ERA.

He found his masterful control Wednesday after a rain delay of 50 minutes at the start. It's the sixth time a Rockies pitcher has thrown at least six innings of no-hit baseball at Coors Field and first since Jorge De La Rosa on May 16, 2014, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Marquez found himself in a tight spot in the eighth with two on and one out. Black showed faith in him to escape and he did, too, by getting two groundouts to end the threat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: SS Addison Russell was a late scratch with soreness in his right shoulder. ''He felt better through the course of the game,'' Maddon said after the game.

Rockies: C Tony Wolters (concussion) is taking swings in the batting cage. ''I feel good,'' Wolters said.

PUT HIM IN, COACH

Third base on Tuesday, first base on Wednesday - Jeimer Candelario doesn't care where he plays. He was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday as the 26th player before the second game of a doubleheader, but was kept around. Instead, pitcher Dylan Floro was sent back to Triple-A Iowa.

SCUFFLING CUBS

The loss drops the Cubs to 17-17 this season. It's been a crazy past few days for the Cubs, who've endured an 18-inning loss to the New York Yankees and then a day-night doubleheader Tuesday after a rainout the day before.

''This is kind of our worst baseball right now,'' Bryant said. ''We're not hitting the panic button at all. We know the talent we have here.''

UP NEXT

Cubs: Off Thursday before a three-game series in St. Louis. Maddon has yet to announce a start for Friday's game.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 6.69 ERA) takes the mound Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  • W: G. Marquez (1-2)L: K. Hendricks (2-2)S: G. Holland (14)
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H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Montero C30000021.354.373.563.935-1.0
J. Baez SS30000020.253.292.485.777-1.0
T. La Stella 3B30100000.200.429.300.7291.0
A. Almora CF20000000.284.346.419.7650.0
a- B. Zobrist 2B10100000.222.328.370.6981.0
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C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Almora in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Edwards in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40000021.301.344.601.946-1.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.271.349.353.7020.5
N. Arenado 3B41200001.295.342.568.9113.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000022.188.256.286.542-1.0
M. Reynolds 1B21100211.336.412.6811.0923.5
I. Desmond LF20010002.293.286.439.7251.0
P. Valaika LF31100010.308.333.538.8721.5
R. Hanigan C30000022.375.375.563.938-1.0
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G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Bryant (11)
    BATTING
    • SF - I. Desmond
    • RBI - I. Desmond (5), G. Marquez 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Marquez 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Candelario, T. La Stella, K. Bryant
    • E - J. Baez (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)6.14322703.400.9511.5
    C. Edwards0.21000100.611.50-0.5
    H. Rondon1.01000203.381.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)6.1
    C. Edwards0.2
    H. Rondon1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez (W, 1-2)8.03001804.880.5034.0
    G. Holland (S, 14)1.00000201.200.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez (W, 1-2)8.0
    G. Holland (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 92-58, C. Edwards 12-10, H. Rondon 15-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 7-5, C. Edwards 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 25, C. Edwards 3, H. Rondon 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 99-69, G. Holland 14-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 9-7, G. Holland 1-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, G. Holland 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Candelario 1B40000022.125.222.125.347-1.0
    M. Montero C30000021.354.373.563.935-1.0
    J. Baez SS30000020.253.292.485.777-1.0
    T. La Stella 3B30100000.200.429.300.7291.0
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    • b-grounded out for Edwards in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.271.349.353.7020.5
    N. Arenado 3B41200001.295.342.568.9113.0
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    M. Reynolds 1B21100211.336.412.6811.0923.5
    I. Desmond LF20010002.293.286.439.7251.0
    P. Valaika LF31100010.308.333.538.8721.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Bryant (11)
      BATTING
      • SF - I. Desmond
      • RBI - I. Desmond (5), G. Marquez 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Marquez 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Candelario, T. La Stella, K. Bryant
      • E - J. Baez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)6.14322703.400.9511.5
      C. Edwards0.21000100.611.50-0.5
      H. Rondon1.01000203.381.003.0
      Total8.06322100---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)6.1
      C. Edwards0.2
      H. Rondon1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez (W, 1-2)8.03001804.880.5034.0
      G. Holland (S, 14)1.00000201.200.0011.0
      Total9.03001100---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez (W, 1-2)8.0
      G. Holland (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 92-58, C. Edwards 12-10, H. Rondon 15-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 7-5, C. Edwards 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 25, C. Edwards 3, H. Rondon 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 99-69, G. Holland 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 9-7, G. Holland 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, G. Holland 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Marquez singled to shallow left, Reynolds and Valaika scored03
      • 4TH INNING
        Desmond hit sacrifice fly to center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • G. Holland Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, La Stella singled to shallow left
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist singled to shallow right, La Stella to second
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to second, La Stella to third, Zobrist to second
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jay grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Rondon Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado singled to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to deep center
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant doubled to deep left
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • M. Montero: Ball, Montero grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to shallow left
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Desmond flied out to deep right
        • P. Valaika: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Valaika singled to right, Reynolds to second
        • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hanigan grounded out to pitcher, Reynolds to third, Valaika to second
        • G. Marquez: Foul, Foul, Marquez singled to shallow left, Reynolds and Valaika scored
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Almora flied out to deep center
        • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Hendricks lined out to right
        • J. Jay: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to shortstop
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Montero struck out looking
        • J. Baez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • R. Hanigan: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
        • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Marquez grounded out to first
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber fouled out to third
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado singled to shallow center
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez safe at first on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error, Arenado to second
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Arenado to third, Gonzalez to second
        • I. Desmond: Desmond hit sacrifice fly to center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez to third
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Almora flied out to right
        • K. Hendricks: Ball, Hendricks grounded out to third
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Jay struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hanigan struck out looking
        • G. Marquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marquez struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Montero struck out looking
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • T. La Stella: Ball, La Stella lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to pitcher, Reynolds to second
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant flied out to center
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu singled to left center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded into double play second to third to first, LeMahieu out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)