Reynolds, Rockies win 7th straight; Cubs lose 4th in row 9-1

CHICAGO (AP) The Colorado Rockies arrived at Wrigley Field this week with a chance to solidify their standing as a National League contender, and they haven't missed a beat.

Of course, these Chicago Cubs look a long way from their World Series-winning form.

Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon homered, rookie Jeff Hoffman pitched neatly into the seventh inning and the Rockies won their seventh straight game, beating the Cubs 9-1 Saturday. Colorado can complete a four-game sweep of the reigning champs Sunday behind breakout rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela.

''These guys are growing before our eyes, and it's great stuff and good to see,'' manager Bud Black said. ''Charlie's having a big series. Mark had a big day today. A lot of contributors today.''

The Rockies have their longest winning streak since 2011, when they started a run of six straight losing seasons. The Cubs lost their fourth in a row, dropping them to 30-31.

Reynolds had his fourth career four-hit game, including his 17th homer, and Nolan Arenado had a three-run double during a five-run ninth inning. The Rockies, who have the best record in the NL, improved to 24-10 on the road.

One of four rookies in the Rockies' rotation, the 24-year-old Hoffman (4-0) allowed one run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings. Four Colorado relievers kept Chicago scoreless the rest of the way.

''It was awesome,'' Hoffman said of his first start at Wrigley Field. ''Facing a great lineup and to be able to go out there and do what I did and execute - and the team to play the way it did - was special.''

Cubs starter Eddie Butler (3-2) pitched five innings and gave up three runs and six hits in his first outing against his former team. Willson Contreras drove in the only run for Chicago, now sliding after a five-game winning streak.

''We just have to do a better job at the plate,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''I don't have any strong explanation for it, but a lot of guys are struggling badly at the same time.''

Reigning MVP Kris Bryant joined the Cubs in 2015 and isn't used to losing.

''This is probably, I guess, the lowest point that I've been at here,'' Bryant said. ''But it's really not bad when you look at in context of the division.''

Chicago entered the day two games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Hoffman dominated in his fourth start and third straight solid outing. The right-hander was one of four players the Rockies acquired from Toronto in a July 2015 trade that sent All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays.

Anthony Rizzo, the third Chicago batter in the first, blooped a single to left, then Hoffman didn't permit another hit until Jason Heyward's lined single with one out in the seventh. Albert Almora Jr. and Contreras then followed with singles for the Cubs' only run.

''We didn't hit any balls hard basically until that inning when we did string together some singles,'' Maddon said.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the first when DJ LeMahieu and Reynolds each doubled home a run.

Reynolds homered over the left field stands onto Waveland Avenue, making it 3-0 in the fourth. Blackmon hit his 15th homer over the right field bleachers in the seventh.

RUSSELL RETURNS

Addison Russell returned to Cubs lineup, two days after Major League Baseball began an investigation of the All-Star shortstop in the wake of domestic violence allegations in a deleted social media post. The Cubs told Russell not to come to the ballpark Thursday for a game against the Rockies, but he rejoined the team on Friday and didn't play. Russell, who entered the game hitting .209, went 0 for 2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh.

QUICK TRIP

The Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Seth Frankoff to the farm club. Frankoff made his major league debut on Friday - and took the loss against the Rockies - after being recalled to fill a roster spot for righty Kyle Hendricks, who's on the DL (right had tendinitis).

UP NEXT

Senzatela (8-2, 3.56) will make his first career start at Wrigley Field and try to become the NL's first nine-game winner on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series. The Cubs will counter with RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 4.46).

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CubsCHC30-31
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  • W: J. Hoffman (4-0)L: E. Butler (3-2)
  • HR: COL - M. Reynolds (17), C. Blackmon (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF43211120.338.384.6351.0189.0
D. LeMahieu 2B52210010.278.343.369.7125.5
N. Arenado 3B51130011.283.344.551.8955.5
M. Reynolds 1B52421010.309.386.581.96711.5
I. Desmond LF50110002.277.303.378.6822.0
A. Amarista SS50100003.329.338.493.8311.0
R. Tapia RF40200011.111.200.167.3672.5
T. Wolters C21100210.304.414.366.7803.5
J. Hoffman P30000013.091.091.091.182-0.5
C. Qualls P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Gonzalez PH10000002.226.306.354.6600.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
  • a-popped out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40000020.172.296.369.665-1.0
K. Bryant 3B20100100.267.396.535.9313.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100022.247.387.466.8530.0
B. Zobrist SS40000013.222.324.383.707-0.5
J. Heyward RF41100012.257.314.394.7081.5
A. Almora CF30100000.270.323.391.7141.0
F. Pena P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Baez PH10000010.255.286.473.758-0.5
W. Contreras C40110020.246.312.395.7071.0
A. Russell SS20000010.207.288.332.619-0.5
b- I. Happ 2B10000002.210.312.481.7930.0
E. Butler P10000000.000.111.000.1110.0
c- M. Montero PH10000010.289.360.434.795-0.5
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- J. Jay CF10000002.293.383.374.7560.0
  • a-struck out for Strop in the 9th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for A. Russell in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Butler in the 5th
  • d-lined out for Duensing in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (12), N. Arenado (21), M. Reynolds (8), R. Tapia
  • HR - C. Blackmon (15), M. Reynolds (17)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (53), D. LeMahieu (28), N. Arenado 3 (46), M. Reynolds 2 (53), I. Desmond (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (27), N. Arenado 3 (20), I. Desmond (8)
BATTING
  • RBI - W. Contreras (25)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Russell, K. Bryant, B. Zobrist
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (W, 4-0)6.14111802.330.7426.0
C. Qualls (H, 1)0.10000003.861.140.0
M. Dunn (H, 12)0.10000004.951.550.0
J. McGee (H, 7)1.01000101.400.822.5
J. Lyles1.00000206.411.394.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (W, 4-0)6.1
C. Qualls (H, 1)0.1
M. Dunn (H, 12)0.1
J. McGee (H, 7)1.0
J. Lyles1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Butler (L, 3-2)5.06331314.031.381.5
J. Grimm1.01000205.311.383.0
B. Duensing1.01110213.381.242.0
F. Pena1.22222103.721.66-2.5
P. Strop0.14330003.741.25-7.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Butler (L, 3-2)5.0
J. Grimm1.0
B. Duensing1.0
F. Pena1.2
P. Strop0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hoffman
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 94-65, C. Qualls 1-1, M. Dunn 3-2, J. McGee 13-10, J. Lyles 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 5-6, C. Qualls 1-0, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 25, C. Qualls, M. Dunn, J. McGee 4, J. Lyles 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Strop (4)
  • IBB - F. Pena
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Butler 78-52, J. Grimm 17-13, B. Duensing 19-12, F. Pena 32-18, P. Strop 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Butler 9-2, J. Grimm 1-0, B. Duensing 1-0, F. Pena 1-2, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Butler 21, J. Grimm 4, B. Duensing 4, F. Pena 8, P. Strop 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF43211120.338.384.6351.0189.0
D. LeMahieu 2B52210010.278.343.369.7125.5
N. Arenado 3B51130011.283.344.551.8955.5
M. Reynolds 1B52421010.309.386.581.96711.5
I. Desmond LF50110002.277.303.378.6822.0
A. Amarista SS50100003.329.338.493.8311.0
R. Tapia RF40200011.111.200.167.3672.5
T. Wolters C21100210.304.414.366.7803.5
J. Hoffman P30000013.091.091.091.182-0.5
C. Qualls P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Gonzalez PH10000002.226.306.354.6600.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
Total39914823812-----
  • a-popped out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40000020.172.296.369.665-1.0
K. Bryant 3B20100100.267.396.535.9313.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100022.247.387.466.8530.0
B. Zobrist SS40000013.222.324.383.707-0.5
J. Heyward RF41100012.257.314.394.7081.5
A. Almora CF30100000.270.323.391.7141.0
F. Pena P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Baez PH10000010.255.286.473.758-0.5
W. Contreras C40110020.246.312.395.7071.0
A. Russell SS20000010.207.288.332.619-0.5
b- I. Happ 2B10000002.210.312.481.7930.0
E. Butler P10000000.000.111.000.1110.0
c- M. Montero PH10000010.289.360.434.795-0.5
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- J. Jay CF10000002.293.383.374.7560.0
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  • a-struck out for Strop in the 9th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for A. Russell in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Butler in the 5th
  • d-lined out for Duensing in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (12), N. Arenado (21), M. Reynolds (8), R. Tapia
  • HR - C. Blackmon (15), M. Reynolds (17)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (53), D. LeMahieu (28), N. Arenado 3 (46), M. Reynolds 2 (53), I. Desmond (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (27), N. Arenado 3 (20), I. Desmond (8)
BATTING
  • RBI - W. Contreras (25)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Russell, K. Bryant, B. Zobrist
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (W, 4-0)6.14111802.330.7426.0
C. Qualls (H, 1)0.10000003.861.140.0
M. Dunn (H, 12)0.10000004.951.550.0
J. McGee (H, 7)1.01000101.400.822.5
J. Lyles1.00000206.411.394.0
Total9.05111110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (W, 4-0)6.1
C. Qualls (H, 1)0.1
M. Dunn (H, 12)0.1
J. McGee (H, 7)1.0
J. Lyles1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Butler (L, 3-2)5.06331314.031.381.5
J. Grimm1.01000205.311.383.0
B. Duensing1.01110213.381.242.0
F. Pena1.22222103.721.66-2.5
P. Strop0.14330003.741.25-7.0
Total9.01499382---
PITCHERSIP
E. Butler (L, 3-2)5.0
J. Grimm1.0
B. Duensing1.0
F. Pena1.2
P. Strop0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hoffman
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 94-65, C. Qualls 1-1, M. Dunn 3-2, J. McGee 13-10, J. Lyles 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 5-6, C. Qualls 1-0, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 25, C. Qualls, M. Dunn, J. McGee 4, J. Lyles 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Strop (4)
  • IBB - F. Pena
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Butler 78-52, J. Grimm 17-13, B. Duensing 19-12, F. Pena 32-18, P. Strop 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Butler 9-2, J. Grimm 1-0, B. Duensing 1-0, F. Pena 1-2, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Butler 21, J. Grimm 4, B. Duensing 4, F. Pena 8, P. Strop 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Desmond singled to left, Reynolds scored81
    Arenado doubled to shallow left, Wolters, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored71
  • 7TH INNING
    Contreras singled to center, Heyward scored, Almora to second41
    Blackmon homered to right center40
  • 4TH INNING
    Reynolds homered to left30
  • 1ST INNING
    Reynolds doubled to deep center, LeMahieu scored20
    LeMahieu doubled to deep right center, Blackmon scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tapia doubled to left
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Carlos Gonzalez hit for Jake McGee
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez popped into double play shortstop to third, Tapia out at third, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon intentionally walked
    • Pedro Strop relieved Felix Pena
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu reached on an infield single to pitcher, Wolters to third, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado doubled to shallow left, Wolters, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds reached on an infield single to second, Arenado to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, , Desmond singled to left, Reynolds scored
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Amarista grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • Javier Baez hit for Pedro Strop
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Contreras lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ian Happ at second
    • Felix Pena pitching
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul
    • Arenado struck out on foul tip
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds singled to center
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond flied out to center
    • A. Amarista: Foul, Amarista grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jake McGee relieved Mike Dunn
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Schwarber struck out on foul tip
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant singled to right
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo popped out to shortstop
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brian Duensing relieved Justin Grimm
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • J. Hoffman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hoffman struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon homered to right center
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward singled to right
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Almora singled to left, Heyward to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Contreras singled to center, Heyward scored, Almora to second
    • Chad Qualls relieved Jeff Hoffman
    • Ian Happ hit for Addison Russell
    • I. Happ: Happ reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Almora to third, Contreras out at second
    • Jon Jay hit for Brian Duensing
    • Mike Dunn relieved Chad Qualls
    • J. Jay: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Jay lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Justin Grimm pitching
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to first
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Amarista singled to center
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber flied out to left
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Butler Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Miguel Montero hit for Eddie Butler
    • M. Montero: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Montero struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Butler Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds homered to left
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Amarista flied out to center
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Tapia singled to right
    • T. Wolters: Wolters singled to right, Tapia to third
    • J. Hoffman: Foul, Hoffman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wolters out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist lined out to second
    • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to first
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora fouled out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Butler Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • E. Butler: Foul, Strike swinging, Butler grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Butler Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tapia flied out to right
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Anthony Rizzo at second
    • Ben Zobrist at first
    • J. Hoffman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hoffman grounded into double play shortstop to shortstop, Wolters out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to first
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Foul, Strike looking, Russell flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Butler Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to left center
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, LeMahieu doubled to deep right center, Blackmon scored
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado grounded out to shortstop, LeMahieu to third
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds doubled to deep center, LeMahieu scored
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Desmond grounded out to shortstop, Reynolds to third
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Foul, Amarista grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo singled to left, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)