DENVER — Rookie Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in four runs, leading Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Rockies on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Baez also had an RBI single in his third major-league game. The touted prospect homered in his debut Tuesday.
"It didn't surprise me too much," said Hendricks, who had the best outing of his short career. "I've seen it for a couple of years and he always thrives on the big stage. Whenever we play in a big game he does well."
The Cubs closed out a six-game trip by taking two of three in the series between last-place teams. Chicago opens a home series against the Rays today.
Baez led off the sixth inning with a shot down the leftfield line against Yohan Flande. He hit a two-run shot off Juan Nicasio into the Colorado bullpen in right in the eighth.
"I was letting the fastball get deep and he threw me a slider," Baez said of his second drive. "I hit it really good."
Castro followed Baez's shot in the sixth with his 12th home run. It was the fourth time this season Chicago has hit back-to-back homers.
Hendricks pitched a career-high eight innings after the start of the game was delayed 39 minutes because of rain. The rookie right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning in four of his five career starts.