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Chicago Cubs rally behind three homers to beat the Rockies, 4-3

Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber (12) flies out in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber (12) flies out in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs future looks bright as Kyle Schwarber, Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ homered as they rally to beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-3 at Sloan Park on Saturday.

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The Chicago Cubs needed a late rally, and they got it in part to their young prospects. Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Cubs responded as Eloy Jimenez hit a solo shot and was followed two batters later with an Ian Happ two-run home run. Jon Lester started for the Cubs (5-7), allowing one run over three innings of work.

The Rockies (8-6) continued to get strong spring performances from Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu. After Blackmon led off the game with a double, LeMahieu kept it going with a RBI single to give the Rockies the early lead. Lester allowed only two more hits, holding the Rockies at bay for Kyle Schwarber.

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Schwarber hit a high but deep enough drive to right-center field to tie the game up at 1-1. Fun fact: Did you know it had been almost a year since he had hit his last home run? The World Series was full of Schwarber heroics, but they all stayed in the yard. So welcome back War Bear.

In the fifth, Trevor Story connected on his fourth home run of the spring (this kid hits a lot of them), giving the Rockies the 2-1 lead. They would add another in the sixth as a Kris Bryant throwing error lead to the third run of the day for Colorado.

With the outs dwindling down for the Cubs, the “next wave” of prospects decided to help save the day. Jimenez homered to cut the deficit to one. Rockies pitcher Miguel Castro then plunked Carlos Corporan, setting up this:

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That put the Cubs up 4-3, and Eddie Butler worked his second inning of clean relief to give the Cubs the win. The Cubs next game will be tomorrow from their former home at HoHoKam Stadium against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch will be at 3:05 p.m. CT.

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