Denver, CO – Matt McBride hit a three-run homer, Josh Rutledge and Tyler Colvin both had a pair of RBI, and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs, 10-5, on Tuesday in the rain-shortened opener of a three-game series.
DJ LeMahieu finished a home run shy of the cycle, drove in a run and scored twice for the Rockies, who have won two straight games after dropping nine in a row.
"The job that our young kids are doing offensively is ... beyond impressive," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy.
Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa lasted three innings and gave up four runs -- two earned -- on five hits in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Carlos Torres (5-3) allowed one run on two hits over two innings of relief to earn the win.
Dave Sappelt hit his first career home run for the Cubs, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
Chris Rusin (1-3) made his sixth major league start and was charged with six runs on seven hits before departing with runners on second and third and two down in the fourth inning. Rafael Dolis then entered an surrendered Rutledge's two-run double, which gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead.
McBride's second career homer came an inning later, Chris Nelson added an RBI single in the sixth and the game was called prior to the bottom of the seventh after a 48-minute delay.
Sappelt began the game with his first career home run -- a towering shot down the left-field line -- and the Cubs added a pair of runs later in the frame when Alfonso Soriano scored on a throwing error by Rutledge and Welington Castillo ripped and RBI double for a 3-0 lead.
"We came out swinging the bats really well," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "Obviously we couldn't get them to make any soft contact, that's for sure."
Wilin Rosario got the Rockies on the board with a leadoff blast in the second, but Starlin Castro answered with a two-out solo blast a half-inning later.
LeMahieu began the third with a triple and Rutledge worked a one-out walk before Colvin tripled into the corner in right to make it 4-3.
In the fourth, Joe Mather greeted Torres with a double and later scored on Darwin Barney's two-out single, but the Rockies rallied for the lead in the home half.
Chris Nelson and Andrew Brown led off with back-to-back singles before LeMahieu ripped a one-out double to plate Nelson. Rusin then grounded out Torres to keep runners at second and third before giving way to Dolis, who surrendered Rutledge's decisive Tobago into the corner in left.
De La Rosa made his season debut on Sept. 20 in a loss to the San Francisco Giants ... For his career, De La Rosa is 4-0 in eight meetings -- four starts -- against the Cubs ... Chicago took two of three from the Rockies at home from Aug. 24-26.