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Baez powers Cubs past Rockies in rubber match

Denver,  CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Baez homered twice and Kyle Hendricks 
tossed  eight solid innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies, 
6-2, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday. 

Baez,  who homered in his MLB debut on Tuesday, finished 3-for-4 with four RBI 
and  two runs scored  and Starlin Castro also homered for the Cubs, who earned 
their  first series  victory in Denver since sweeping a three-game set on Aug. 
3-5, 2004. 

"I  thought he  had  some  really good  approaches,"  said Cubs manager  Rick 
Renteria. "He was able to put his bat on the ball and do some damage." 

Kyle  Hendricks  (3-1) surrendered just  two runs on six  hits and a walk with 
four strikeouts to earn the win. 

Justin  Morneau had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Corey Dickerson also 
drove  in a  run for Colorado, which  has dropped six of its last seven. Yohan 
Flande  (0-4) gave up  four runs on seven hits and a walk across six frames in 
defeat. 

The Cubs  opened the scoring in  the second. Justin Ruggiano singled to left, 
moved  to second  on  Welington Castillo's  groundout and  slid  into home  on 
Arismendy Alcantara's single to right. 

Chris  Valaika singled to lead off the third and moved to second on Hendricks' 
groundout.  Two  batters later,  Baez hit an  RBI single to  left and moved to 
second on Dickerson's fielding error. 

Hendricks retired the first nine batters before Charlie Blackmon's base hit to 
center  opened the  fourth. Blackmon took second on Josh Rutledge's flyout and 
scored on Morneau's double to deep left, making it a 2-1 game. 

Nolan  Arenado's  bloop hit landed in  front of Castro at short, who misplayed 
the  ball to allow runners on the corners. Flande left the runners stranded by 
striking  out  Carlos  Gonzalez  and inducing  an  inning-ending  flyout  from 
Dickerson. 

Baez and Castro led off the sixth by cranking back-to-back solo shots to left, 
giving the Cubs a 4-1 advantage. 

"They  score with the home run," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "If you keep 
them  in  the park, it  makes it tougher  on them. We  weren't able to do that 
today." 

In  the  home half, Morneau  singled and Gonzalez  walked with two outs before 
Dickerson's line drive to center plated Morneau to get the Rockies within two. 

After  Chris Coghlan walked to start the eighth, Baez smacked an 0-1 slider to 
right-center for his third home run of the series and a 6-2 lead. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  start of the game was delayed 39 minutes due to rain ... The Cubs won the 
season  series against  the Rockies, 5-2. It is their first series win against 
the  Rockies since  2008 ...  Colorado went  3-for-9 with  runners in  scoring 
position and left six men on base. 

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