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Cubs lose 6-4 to Rockies in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 30, 2014 at 11:58 pm •  Published: July 30, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Wood focused on his career-high 11 strikeouts after he wrapped up another winless month.

Wood lasted six innings after a shaky start, and the Chicago Cubs went on to a 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

"I've never had 11 before," Wood said. "Definitely take something from that and hopefully build off of it."

Wood also had a career-high 119 pitches, but remains winless in eight starts dating to a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15. He was charged with four runs and eight hits.

"All in all, Travis ended up grinding through that ballgame and giving us a chance," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "Obviously it was good enough for us to come back and tie the game."

Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th for Colorado, which had lost three in a row. Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including a run-scoring double.

"We got some timely hits tonight," manager Walt Weiss said. "We got a few early, and then of course Barnesy had the big one late."

Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry's third hit of the game before Barnes singled to left with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch.

Rob Scahill (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win and Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save. Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, bolstering Colorado's bullpen after it used eight relievers in Tuesday night's 16-inning loss.

"I can cross it off my bucket list, coming to Wrigley," said Scahill, a Lombard native who grew up rooting for the crosstown White Sox. "I was definitely excited to have the opportunity to pitch here."

Luis Valbuena had three hits and three RBIs for the Cubs, including a tying two-run homer with two out in the eighth. Valbuena's eighth homer came after Stubbs dropped a fly ball at the wall in center, prolonging the inning.

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