Rookie Lambert bottles up Cubs again, Rockies win 10-3

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert works against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver.

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert works against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a double hit by Daniel Murphy against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver.

    Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a double hit by Daniel Murphy against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs third base coach Brian Butterfield, left, congratulates Jason Heyward as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver.

    Chicago Cubs third base coach Brian Butterfield, left, congratulates Jason Heyward as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Colorado Rockies' Daniel Murphy follows the flight of his double to drive in two runs off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver.

    Colorado Rockies' Daniel Murphy follows the flight of his double to drive in two runs off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Denver. Associated Press

 
By Pat Graham
AP Sports Writer
Updated 6/11/2019 11:15 PM

DENVER -- Rookie Peter Lambert went five strong innings and baffled Chicago for a second time in five days as the Colorado Rockies won their 10th straight at home by beating the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.

Lambert (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in his Coors Field debut. The right-hander made his first major league start last Thursday at Wrigley Field and earned his first win when he pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

 

Daniel Murphy led the Rockies offense with three hits, including a two-run double in the first. Charlie Blackmon added a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth to break open the game.

Lambert mixed in several offspeed pitches with a four-seam fastball to bottle up the Cubs. Lambert's only mistake was a fastball that Jason Heyward lined to left for a solo homer in the second.

The 22-year-old Lambert left his mark on the field, too -- in the form of a giant divot. He sprinted off the mound on a pop foul in the fourth and dove for the ball near the first-base dugout. In the process, Lambert's left knee dug deep into the turf. He momentarily limped around before taking a few warmup tosses with a noticeable grass stain on his white pants.

His 83rd and final pitch of the night was a fastball that struck out Anthony Rizzo before turning it over to the bullpen.

Kris Bryant was hit twice by Lambert.

Chicago lefty Jose Quintana (4-6) allowed four runs, three earned, over 4 2/3 innings. He also took the loss in Lambert's debut.

New Cub reliever Craig Kimbrel threw a second bullpen session Monday in Arizona and will toss batting practice later in the week. The right-hander is steadily working his way back into form after recently finalizing a three-year contract with Chicago.

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