Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Cubs 3

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Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Cubs 3
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How it happened: The Chicago Cubs were playing their best baseball of the year entering play on Saturday in Denver, having won seven of their last 10 and 14 of the previous 23. RHP Carlos Villanueva was on the mound facing Colorado Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio. The old saying in baseball is you can't walk the other team's pitcher. That is exactly what Villanueva did in the fourth, setting up a two-run triple by Dexter Fowler, as the Rockies score three runs in the inning. Then Villanueva blew up in the fifth The Cubs starter surrendered a monster home run (457 feet into upper tank) to Carlos Gonzalez and three straight hits before departing. Leadoff man Luis Valbuena contributed with a solo home run (No. 9) and an RBI single. ...

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