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Reynolds, Rockies rough up Cubs 10-4 in opener of DH

10 May 2017

Jake Arrieta (4-2) was removed after 3 2/3 innings - his shortest stint as a Cub.

It was the fourth loss in row for the Cubs, who fell to 16-16. The last time they were nine games above.500 at all was April of 2013.

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Reynolds, batting.336, has now hit a home run in four consecutive games, tying his career-long homer streak set with Arizona from August 6-9, 2009. The bad news? almost everything else.

Senzatela also rebounded from his first setback of 2017 - and his career - on Wednesday as he gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings at San Diego.

Anthony Rizzo's run-scoring ground out gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third after Schwarber led off with a double and took third on a ground out. Basically everything besides a home run. He also has 18 runs and 16 walks versus 22 strikeouts in 115 plate appearances.

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The Rockies used the long ball to post a 5-2 triumph on Sunday, belting three home runs in the victory - including one by Mark Reynolds, who has gone deep in three consecutive contests. The Cubs lost 10-4. But his aggressiveness worked against him during the Rockies' big third inning, when Schwarber dove to try to catch a pop-up to shallow center, one that Albert Almora Jr. likely would've had. Two of Chicago's runs scored on groundouts. And he was helped when left fielder Kyle Schwarber threw put Carlos Gonzalez at the plate. It was slow and methodical torture for the many Cub fans in attendance. They've certainly had to go the distance lately, pitching an insane 35 2/3 innings in the last five games.

Everything is going just great for the Cubs today.

After Tuesday afternoon's win, the Rockies have now won five of their last six games. At this point last season, Cubs starters were sixth in innings pitched at 191 1/3, while relievers tied with Toronto for the fewest innings in baseball at 81 1/3. But the ball just eluded his reach, and the bases cleared.

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Willson Contreras played first base during the seventh and eighth innings, a position he's played just 19 innings at in the majors (all during the 2016 season). The Cubs are hoping the altitude is a cure for their batters. For another blast from the past, Pat Valaika, brother of former Chicago/Iowa Cub Chris Valaika, made a pinch-hit appearance. With Lackey set to oppose Kyle Freeland in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 11 runs.

Reynolds, Rockies rough up Cubs 10-4 in opener of DH