Rockies 5, Cubs 3

Starlin Castro’s three errors in the second inning didn’t even

quite cost the Cubs the game.

It was that fourth one, by pitcher Matt Garza, that was really

costly. His errant throw opened the door for the Rockies to score

the go-ahead run and Colorado beat Chicago 5-3 on a misty and windy

Monday night at Wrigley Field.

”We lost tonight because couldn’t throw the ball to first

base,” said Garza. ”If I throw the ball to first base, it’s still

a 3-3 ballgame and we’re still playing.”

Dexter Fowler hit a triple, walk and scored a run for Colorado.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight

chances.

Rockies starter Esmil Rogers (3-1) gave up eight hits and four

walks, but just three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Matt Lindstrom and

Rafael Betancourt combined for 2 2-3 innings of scoreless

relief.

”Our bullpen once again stepped up big time,” Rockies manager

Jim Tracy said.

Only one of the five runs scored against Garza (0-3) were

earned. He gave up three hits and a walk in six innings.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a grounder to Castro leading off the second,

reaching base when he bobbled the ball while trying to transfer it

to his throwing hand.

Todd Helton struck out and Seth Smith singled before Jose

Lopez’s grounder popped out of Castro’s glove, letting Tulowitzki

score.

Now with Smith on second and Lopez on first, Chris Iannetta hit

a grounder that Castro fielded cleanly.

His throw, though, sailed past Barney at second base and into

the Cubs’ bullpen along the right field line.

Smith and Lopez came all the way home to tie the game at 3.

”After I caught the ball it was kind of wet and I tried to

hurry,” Castro said through an interpreter. ”It was just one of

those things.”

When Castro finally fielded a grounder and threw out Rogers at

first, he got a sarcastic cheer. Fowler struck out to end the

inning.

”If you’re in a hurry with a wet pig, you’re in trouble,” Cubs

manager Mike Quade said.

One more mistake let the Rockies take the lead.

In the fifth inning, with men on first and second, Jonathan

Herrera laid down a bunt. Garza’s throw to Barney at first was wide

and up the right-field line, allowing Rogers to score. Fowler

reached third and later came home on Carlos Gonzalez’s

groundout.

”Obviously the conditions were pretty tough to play in

tonight,” Tracy said. ”We handled the ball with the conditions of

the field. I don’t think you can ask a group of players to handle

the ball any better with the field conditions, as wet as it

was.”

Castro was the first Cubs player to have three errors in an

inning since Jaime Navarro did it on Aug. 18, 1996 against

Houston.

The major league record for errors in an inning by a shortstop

is four. It’s happened three though not since Lennie Merullo did it

Sept. 13, 1942. He later played on the last Cubs team to make the

World Series, in 1945.

According to STATS, LLC, the last player to make three errors in

an inning was 3B Andy Marte of Cleveland on June 10 last year. The

last SS to do it was Aaron Miles of St. Louis, on July 7, 2007.

NOTES: Castro also went 0 for 5. … Kosuke Fukudome set a

career high with five hits, all singles and Darwin Barney hit a

two-run homer in the first inning. ”It is actually my birthday in

Japan with the time difference, so it’s my day,” Fukudome said

through an interpreter. … Quade gave third baseman Aramis Ramirez

the night off, starting Jeff Baker in his place. … Quade said

that injured starting pitchers Randy Wells (forearm strain) and

Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff strain) were both progressing well,

though no timetable has been established for their return to the

Cubs’ rotation. Both pitchers, who were placed on the disabled list

on April 7, are slated to be re-examined on Wednesday. … Fowler’s

seventh-inning triple gave him 25 in his career, moving him past

Ellis Burks for fifth on Colorado’s career list.