Cubs 6, Rockies 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hero: Carlos Silva improved to 5-0 after working six-plus innings. Silva allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four. He was removed in the seventh inning after walking Troy Tulowitzki and serving up a two-run homer to Todd Helton. Silva, who was just 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA the previous two seasons in Seattle, became the first Cubs pitcher to improve to 5-0 since Greg Maddux in 2006 and the first pitcher to win his first five decisions with the North Siders since Mark Clark in 1997. The only other 5-0 pitchers in the majors this season are San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, and Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees.

Goat: Esmailin Caridad relieved Silva in the seventh with the Cubs clinging to a 3-2 lead and walked the only batter he faced, Miguel Olivo, who represented the tying run.

Key Play: Ryan Theriot's two-run, two-out single capped a three-run eighth for the Cubs.

Comment: Tuesday's victory enabled the Cubs to win their first series since taking three of four from Arizona, April 29-May 2. The North Siders completed a 4-4 homestand and have won 11 of their last 12 against Colorado at Wrigley Field.

Next: The Cubs (18-22) will aim for their fourth straight win Wednesday when they open another two-game series, against the host Philadelphia Phillies (CSN, 6:05 p.m.). Tom Gorzelanny (1-4, 3.60) will start for the North Siders against 47-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.57). Moyer, who has won 263 career games, is 3-1 with a 4.58 in seven career starts against the Cubs.

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