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Rockies 6, Cubs 1

CHICAGO — While Trevor Story's first game at Wrigley Field was a dud, the rest of the day went quite well for the Rockies.

Chad Bettis pitched six scoreless innings, Ben Paulsen had an RBI single and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Rockies took advantage of shaky defense for a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Friday.

Story, a rookie who leads the majors with seven homers, went 0-for-5, but Colorado manufactured runs and got solid pitching on its way to its third straight victory. Story struck out twice to give him a major league-high 17.

"It was a really good game all the way around," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Wind blowing in, it's going to be tough to score by way of the home run. We played a little bit of small ball and ran the bases very well."

The Cubs, who had won eight of nine in their best start in 47 years, managed only four singles and made four errors. Third baseman Kris Bryant committed two errors, including a wild throw on a bunt that scored a run in the seventh.

"We had a bad day," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's not always going to be an oil painting."

Bettis was sharp in first career start against the Cubs, and he got some help with several fine plays by his defense. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.

"I did feel very comfortable with my tempo and how my pitches were moving," he said.

Chicago scored in the seventh when former Rays reliever Chad Qualls forgot to cover first on what could have been an inning-ending double play.

The Rockies went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on Paulsen's single to center. The single scored Nolan Arenado, who reached when Hendricks couldn't field his tapper wide of mound.

Colorado added two in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez's leadoff single extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Arenado had a bunt single. Gonzalez scored on Gerardo Parra's single and Arenado scored when former Durant standout Ryan Raburn bounced into a double play.

The Rockies' defense made it hold up. Parra and Gonzalez each had diving grabs in the outfield, second baseman DJ LeMahieu made an over-the-shoulder catch and Paulsen cut down Jorge Soler at the plate when he tried to score on a safety squeeze.

Rockies 6

Cubs 1

Rockies 6, Cubs 1 04/15/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2016 10:34pm]
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