DENVER — DJ LeMahieu had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle, Wilin Rosario went deep and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 10-5 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
Matt McBride homered and Chris Nelson had three hits for the Rockies, who won a matchup of two 94-loss teams. Carlos Torres (5-3) got the win after allowing one run in two innings of relief.
The teams played in a constant drizzle throughout the game with temperatures hovering in the low 50s. The game was delayed in the middle of the seventh and called 48 minutes later.
Dave Sappelt and Starlin Castro homered for the Cubs, who have lost seven of eight. Chicago is five losses shy of its first 100-loss season since 1966.
Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made his second start after missing nearly 16 months following Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He struggled through three innings, allowing four runs — two earned — and five hits.
Colorado’s offense took him off the hook.
Trailing 5-3, the Rockies rallied to take the lead in the fourth. LeMahieu drove in a run with a double and Josh Rutledge’s two-run double down the left field line made it 6-5.
Chicago starter Chris Rushin (1-3) allowed six runs on seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.
McBride hit a three-run homer off Rafael Dolis in the fifth to make it 9-5.
Sappelt led off the game with his first major league home run. The Cubs scored two more runs in the first on shortstop Rutledge’s throwing error and Wellington Castillo’s double.
Rosario’s 27th homer of the year leading off the second made it 3-1. Castro hit a solo shot to center in the fourth to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.
Colorado cut the lead to 4-3 in their half of the fourth on Tyler Colvin’s two-run triple to right.
NOTES: Sappelt’s home was his first in 153 major league at-bats. ... An MRI on Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez’s left hamstring was negative. Gonzalez didn’t start for the eighth straight game while he nurses the tight ligament. ... Colorado OF Dexter Fowler (left wrist tendinitis) was out of the lineup for the third straight game.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.