07/27 23:22 CDT Bryant's HR in 9th lifts Cubs to 9-8 win over Rockies
Bryant's HR in 9th lifts Cubs to 9-8 win over Rockies
By BRIAN SANDALOW
CHICAGO (AP) --- Kris Bryant's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies
9-8 on Monday night.
Colorado had taken an 8-7 lead in the ninth inning on a two-run home run by
Carlos Gonzalez --- his second of the game. However, Bryant hit the second
pitch he saw from John Axford (3-4) over the wall in left-center to give
Chicago a dramatic victory and snap a three-game skid.
Trailing 7-4, the Rockies scored four times in the ninth to move ahead. Jason
Motte started the ninth by allowing a pinch-home run to Daniel Descalso, a
single to Charlie Blackmon and a double to D.J. LeMahieu.
Rafael Soriano (1-0), added to the roster July 20, then came on and gave up
Troy Tulowitzki's run-scoring grounder before Gonzalez, who had four hits,
roped a two-run home run into right to put Colorado in front.
Gonzalez continued his torrid stretch after hitting five home runs and batting
.476 last week. He hit his 19th homer of the season in the third off Kyle
Hendricks to give Colorado a 2-0 lead.
LeMahieu's two-run single in the fourth doubled the Rockies' lead.
Two days after being no-hit by Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, Bryant and Jorge
Soler had RBI singles and Chris Denorfia added a run-scoring grounder to pull
the Cubs to 4-3 as part of a six-run fourth. Starlin Castro, who had been
hitless in his previous three games, then singled to left to drive in two and
put the Cubs in front.
Addison Russell's double then drove in Castro, capping the inning and ending
the night for Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa, who was looking for his third
victory of the month, gave up the six runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings,
walking two and striking out two.
Chicago added a run in the sixth on Nolan Arenado's throwing error on Castro's
grounder, bringing Denorfia in all the way from first and giving the Cubs seven
or more runs for the first time since July 7 against St. Louis.
Hendricks pitched five-plus innings and allowed four runs and seven hits while
walking three for Chicago, which was coming off a three-game sweep by lowly
Philadelphia to slip 2 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the second National
League wild-card spot.
Rockies: C Michael McKenry (sore right knee) was back in the lineup after not
being available behind the plate for a few days.
Cubs: INF Tomny La Stella (right rib cage) could start a rehab assignment later
Rockies: LHP Yohan Flande (0-1, 4.24 ERA) gets a spot start in the second game
of the series. Flande, who is still looking for his first major-league win, has
made seven relief appearances this season.
Cubs: RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, 6.43 ERA) will start for Chicago.