The Chicago Cubs (78-44) rallied for a win after losing a late night thriller on Friday to the Colorado Rockies (59-64).
Second baseman Ben Zobrist sealed the deal with his 14th home run of the year in the top of the ninth inning to extend the Chicago Cubs’ lead to 9-2. Kris Bryant hit his league-leading 31st home run of the game in the fourth, a three-run shot to center field measuring out at 469’.
Dexter Fowler continued to hit well against his former Colorado team, getting the first two hits of the game and scoring the first run in the fourth.
Fowler is now slugging .600 with an OPS of .933 against the Rockies in 2016, even though his batting average is only .200.
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Veteran catcher Miguel Montero recorded his first multi-hit, multi-RBI game since May 29th, going 3-for-5 with three RBI. Every position player in the Cubs lineup recorded a hit except for Javier Baez who was a late-inning substitute.
Tonight’s starter, Mike Montgomery pitched through (4-5, 2.41 ERA) 4 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit—a home run to Nick Hundley—and five strikeouts. Coach Joe Maddon quickly took Montgomery out of the game following the Hundley blast, opting to go with Trevor Cahill. Cahill went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and only one run.
The Rockies are 31-31 at Coors Field this year. After making an improbable comeback last night against Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman to win in the 11th inning, the Rockies offense fell silent on Saturday.
Montgomery held the Rockies hitless until the Hundley home run in the fifth. The Rockies produced a run off of Cahill in the seventh on a pair of singles, but that ended their scoring for the night.
The Rockies went 0-for-9 with one walk and four strikeouts the first time through the order against Montgomery. The Cubs offense forced the Rockies to use five pitchers, totaling 163 pitches.
Jeff Hoffman made his major league debut, go four-plus innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, six of which were earned.
Chicago will face “Mr. Coors Field” Jorge De La Rosa in the rubber game on Sunday afternoon. De La Rosa is 4-3 with a 5.13 ERA in 48 2/3 innings at home this year.