Rockies 5, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 25, 2011

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome, who turns 34 Tuesday, had five singles in five at-bats to raise his average to .478.

Goat: Shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors during Colorado's three-run second inning and went 0-for-5. It was the first time a Cubs player committed three errors in an inning since Jaime Navarro accomplished the feat on Aug.18,1996.

Key Play: The Rockies had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the fifth when Jonathan Herrera bunted to the left side of the mound. Pitcher Matt Garza fielded the ball cleanly but his throw eluded first baseman Carlos Pena and bounced off the bricks between the Colorado dugout and bullpen, allowing the tie-breaking run to score.

"If you're going to get beat, you at least would not like to gift wrap the damn thing for the opposition," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "It's great to have talent, it's great to have exciting kids, great to play like a son of a gun, but if you can't execute, you can't make plays, you can't execute offensively, you can't tack on runs after a big first, you're going to get beat and you're going to get beat on a regular basis.

"We played to the conditions and they didn't This is our place, and we've got to find a way to play better baseball here, I don't care if it's raining or snow, I don't care what's going on.

"That's a bad loss, that's a real bad loss."

Comments: Darwin Barney hit his first career home run with a man aboard in the first inning. ... Garza allowed five runs - one earned - on three hits while striking out seven and walking one in six innings. ... The Cubs outhit the Rockies 11-4 and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. ... The game time temperature was 43 degrees and much of the game was played in a steady drizzle.

Next: James Russell (1-2, 8.00 ERA) makes his third start Tuesday (WGN, 7:05 p.m.) when he opposes Colorado left-hander Jorge de la Rosa (3-0, 3.00).

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