Rockies 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg (2 innings), Sean Marshall (1), Kerry Wood (1), and John Grabow (1) combined for five shutout innings and kept the Cubs (10-13) within striking distance.

Goat: Starter James Russell (1-3) was roughed up for four runs - all earned - on five hits while striking out four and walking three in four-plus innings. Russell allowed a pair of solo home runs to Todd Helton and a solo blast to Ty Wigginton.

Key Play: Helton led off the fifth with a titanic blast that landed with a loud thud atop the batter's eye in center field to chase Russell and give the Rockies a 4-2 advantage. It was Helton's first two-homer game since Aug. 7, 2007 and the 27th multi-homer game of his career.

Comments: Alfonso Soriano led off the bottom of the ninth against Colorado closer Huston Street with his seventh home run of the season, but what was up with his bat flip as he admired it? The Cubs still trailed by one. Put your head down and run, Alfonso. ... Jeff Baker, who continues to rake lefties, had a pair of singles off Colorado southpaw Jorge de la Rosa (4-0) and drove in the Cubs' first run in the first inning. Baker, who got the start at first over the slumping Carlos Pena, is 12-for-25 (.480 BA) against left-handers this season. ... De La Rosa allowed one earned run on six hits over seven innings while striking out nine and walking none. ... Darwin Barney went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He's had two or more hits in five of those games and is hitting .340 during the 10-game span. ... It was the third game at Wrigley Field this season played with the wind blowing out. The Cubs have been outhomered 8-1 in those games.

Next: Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43 ERA) will oppose Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 2.67) on Wednesday (CSN, 1:20 p.m.) as the Cubs try to avoid a three-game series sweep. Chacin, who pitched a six-hit complete-game shutout against the Cubs on April 15, has a 6.55 ERA in two road starts this season.

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