Rockies snap Cubs' 5-game win streak with 3-1 victory

CHICAGO (AP) The dry erase board in the visitor's clubhouse read ''April Showers bring May Power,'' and the Colorado Rockies sure looked like they believe.

A little wind helps, too.

Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl opened the game with consecutive homers off Kyle Hendricks, and the Rockies cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday.

''Homers are the best,'' a grinning Blackmon said. ''I'm pro-homer, yes.''

With the wind blowing out on a warm night at Wrigley Field, Nolan Arenado also connected as Colorado stopped a three-game slide. Jon Gray (3-4) pitched seven crisp innings for his second straight win after dropping three in a row.

''He made pitches, all the way through, which is a great sign,'' manager Bud Black said.

The Cubs had won a season-high five straight games, scoring three runs or fewer in each one. They got another solid start from Hendricks (2-2), but their recent trouble at the plate finally caught up to them.

''Been going on for about a week here,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''We've benefited from those games, they got us tonight. Both sides pitched really well.''

The crowd of 40,077 was still finding its seats when Blackmon drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center for his 10th of the season. It was his 29th career leadoff homer.

Blackmon's shot snapped a string of 33 2/3 innings for Chicago's rotation without allowing an earned run. It was the first earned run allowed by any pitcher on the Cubs since the seventh inning of Friday's 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.

Dahl then connected on a 1-1 pitch, belting a shot to left-center for his first major league homer since Sept. 25, 2016, against the Dodgers.

''I felt good from the start,'' Hendricks said. ''Bad pitch to Blackmon, didn't want to walk him. Then wrong pitch really to Dahl, but not a bad one. Overall, felt really good about it still. Fastball command was good.''

The Rockies became the first team to lead off a game at Wrigley Field with consecutive homers since the Boston Bees in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Aug. 6, 1937, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the third time they accomplished the feat in franchise history.

''Those were good momentum-builders for us early in the game,'' Black said. ''We sort of slowed down after that.''

Arenado got in on the action with a leadoff drive in the fourth, giving Colorado a 3-1 lead. That was it for the Rockies against Hendricks, who allowed four hits and walked two in 7 2/3 innings.

But the Cubs couldn't get anything going against Gray.

Maddon put Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot to try to help the big first baseman out of his slump, and he went deep on Gray's first pitch for his fourth career leadoff homer. Rizzo's drive got up in the wind and drifted over the wall in left for his second of the season.

Gray then retired nine in a row. Kyle Schwarber tripled with one out in the seventh, but Gray struck out Victor Caratini and Jason Heyward fouled out to end the inning.

''It was a good job of just making pitches and executing,'' Gray said.

Adam Ottavino worked the eighth and Wade Davis finished the three-hitter for his 11th save in 12 chances. It was Davis' first appearance at Wrigley since he saved 32 games for the NL Central champion Cubs last year.

COMING AND GOING

Colorado promoted infielder Daniel Castro from Triple-A Albuquerque and sent down prospect Ryan McMahon, adding another option at second base with DJ LeMahieu sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Castro started at second against the Cubs and went 0 for 3 in his first major league game since Sept. 30, 2016, for Atlanta against Detroit.

''The decision was more about what position he plays,'' Black said. ''We felt we needed more coverage with DJ being out for the next five games.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Zac Rosscup (left middle finger blister) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to help make room for Castro.

Cubs: RHP Eddie Butler (right groin strain) was eligible to return on Monday, but remains on the disabled list. ''He's doing better, but I don't have a specific date for you yet,'' Maddon said.

UP NEXT

Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson and Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish pitch in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. It's the first start for Anderson (1-0, 4.10 ERA) since he left Friday's 1-0 victory at Miami after just 1 1/3 innings due to a heartbeat issue. Darvish (0-2, 5.26 ERA) remains in search of his first win with Chicago after he tossed six sparkling innings in a no-decision against Milwaukee in his previous outing.

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  • W: J. Gray (3-4)L: K. Hendricks (2-2)S: W. Davis (11)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (5), C. Blackmon (10), D. Dahl (1), CHC - A. Rizzo (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Dahl LF41111022.259.333.519.8525.0
N. Arenado 3B41111011.308.407.549.9575.5
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T. Story SS40000010.227.317.445.763-0.5
I. Desmond 1B30000000.173.223.327.5500.0
D. Castro 2B30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Wolters C30000020.128.239.128.367-1.0
J. Gray P20100010.231.231.308.5380.5
a- G. Parra PH10000000.220.281.293.5740.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Gray in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B41111000.154.258.231.4896.0
K. Bryant 3B-RF40100020.289.434.494.9280.0
B. Zobrist 2B20000200.314.407.451.8582.0
A. Russell SS40000013.239.313.318.631-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40100013.272.379.593.9722.5
V. Caratini C30000013.275.326.350.676-0.5
J. Heyward RF30000011.238.333.375.708-0.5
J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
I. Happ CF30000020.236.286.389.675-1.0
K. Hendricks P20000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
T. La Stella 3B10000000.263.317.316.6330.0
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Blackmon (10), D. Dahl, N. Arenado (5)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon (18), D. Dahl (4), N. Arenado (14)
    BATTING
    • 3B - K. Schwarber
    • HR - A. Rizzo (2)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Blackmon (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (W, 3-4)7.03111614.991.3129.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 7)1.00000100.530.473.5
    W. Davis (S, 11)1.00001202.190.8110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (W, 3-4)7.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 7)1.0
    W. Davis (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)7.24332533.191.0912.5
    J. Wilson1.10000205.061.784.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)7.2
    J. Wilson1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 96-67, A. Ottavino 17-11, W. Davis 15-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-6, A. Ottavino 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 104-63, J. Wilson 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 11-6, J. Wilson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 28, J. Wilson 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Blackmon CF21111201.286.381.6221.00310.0
    D. Dahl LF41111022.259.333.519.8525.0
    N. Arenado 3B41111011.308.407.549.9575.5
    C. Gonzalez RF40000001.233.260.411.6710.0
    T. Story SS40000010.227.317.445.763-0.5
    I. Desmond 1B30000000.173.223.327.5500.0
    D. Castro 2B30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Wolters C30000020.128.239.128.367-1.0
    J. Gray P20100010.231.231.308.5380.5
    a- G. Parra PH10000000.220.281.293.5740.0
    A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    • a-flied out for Gray in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rizzo 1B41111000.154.258.231.4896.0
    K. Bryant 3B-RF40100020.289.434.494.9280.0
    B. Zobrist 2B20000200.314.407.451.8582.0
    A. Russell SS40000013.239.313.318.631-0.5
    K. Schwarber LF40100013.272.379.593.9722.5
    V. Caratini C30000013.275.326.350.676-0.5
    J. Heyward RF30000011.238.333.375.708-0.5
    J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    I. Happ CF30000020.236.286.389.675-1.0
    K. Hendricks P20000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
    T. La Stella 3B10000000.263.317.316.6330.0
    Total3013112910-----
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Blackmon (10), D. Dahl, N. Arenado (5)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (18), D. Dahl (4), N. Arenado (14)
      BATTING
      • 3B - K. Schwarber
      • HR - A. Rizzo (2)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Blackmon (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (W, 3-4)7.03111614.991.3129.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 7)1.00000100.530.473.5
      W. Davis (S, 11)1.00001202.190.8110.0
      Total9.0311291---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (W, 3-4)7.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 7)1.0
      W. Davis (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)7.24332533.191.0912.5
      J. Wilson1.10000205.061.784.0
      Total9.0433273---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (L, 2-2)7.2
      J. Wilson1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 96-67, A. Ottavino 17-11, W. Davis 15-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-6, A. Ottavino 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 104-63, J. Wilson 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 11-6, J. Wilson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 28, J. Wilson 4
      • 4TH INNING
        Arenado homered to left31
      • 1ST INNING
        Rizzo homered to left21
        Dahl homered to left center20
        Blackmon homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Wilson Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado flied out to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
        • A. Russell: Russell flied out to right
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
        • Gerardo Parra hit for Jon Gray
        • G. Parra: Ball, Parra flied out to center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • Tommy La Stella at third
        • Justin Wilson pitching
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino pitching
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to first
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • T. Story: Story lined out to left
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber tripled to deep right
        • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Heyward fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Blackmon stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo popped out to third
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • D. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters grounded out to third
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • K. Hendricks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Arenado homered to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Story flied out to deep right
        • I. Desmond: Desmond flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to shallow left center
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked, Bryant to second
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Russell fouled out to first
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Schwarber reached on fielder's choice to first, Bryant to third, Zobrist out at second
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike swinging, Caratini grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gray singled to right center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Gray out at second
        • D. Dahl: Dahl grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ grounded out to second
        • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hendricks grounded out to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini grounded out to second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon homered to center
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Dahl homered to left center
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo homered to left
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bryant flied out to deep right
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist lined out to center
        • A. Russell: Russell grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)