Javier Baez 2 HRs power Chicago Cubs to series win


Javier Baez hit two home runs, and Kyle Hendricks tamed the Coors Field monster en route to a 6-2 Cubs win over the Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs (49-64) helped to put a little space between themselves and the worst record in baseball with the win today over the Rockies (45-69). And the “kids” we’ve been talking about the last few years were right in the middle of it.

Arismendy Alcantara opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the second off Rockies starter Yohan Flande (0-4, 5.77),

In the third, Baez picked up his second hit, and second RBI with a single to left field, scoring Chris Valaika. He advanced to second on the misplay in the field.

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Veteran Justin Morneau got the Rockies on the board in the fourth with a solo home run, cutting the lead to 2-1.

In the sixth, Baez continued his torrid pace with a solo home run to left, to give him three RBIs to match his three hits. Starlin Castro followed with a line drive home run as the Cubs went back-to-back to go up 4-1.

Corey Dickerson would knock in the Rockies only other run in the sixth with an RBI single. Hendricks (3-1, 2.10) was once again solid, pitching eight innings, while walking only one and striking out four.

In the eight, after a Chris Coghlan walk, Baez punctuated his first series in the Majors with a two-run opposite field shot off reliever Juan Nicasio, giving him three hits and four RBIs on the day.

It was the Cubs first series win in Colorado in almost a decade.

Tomorrow the Cubs open a series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Archer (7-6, 3.42) will make his first appearance against the Cubs since they traded him to Tampa Bay. Tsuyoshi Wada ( 1-1, 3.32) will take the hill for the Cubs.

The game will be a 3:05 pm CT start, carried on WGN and broadcast on WGN 720 AM.