Flande, Rockies lose 6-2 to Hendricks, Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm •  Published: August 7, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies rookie Yohan Flande made his third consecutive appearance against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He is still looking for his major league win.

Flande pitched six innings in Colorado's 6-2 loss. The left-hander had a career-high eight strikeouts in a 4-1 loss at Wrigley Field on July 28, and then pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings in relief in a 3-1 loss to Chicago three days later.

Those were his last two outings before he gave up four runs and seven hits in the finale of the three-game set between last-place teams.

"I pitched was well as I could. Something always happens to me in the late innings," Flande said. "I'm disappointed."

Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario had two hits apiece for the Rockies (45-69), who have lost six of seven.

Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in four runs for the Cubs. Fellow rookie Kyle Hendricks pitched a career-high eight innings after the start of the game was delayed 39 minutes because of rain.

Baez homered in his major league debut Tuesday, hitting a game-deciding shot in the 12th inning on the day he was promoted from the minors. He gave Flande (0-4) a tough time Thursday.

The touted prospect had an RBI single in the third and then led off the sixth inning with a shot down the left-field line.

Castro followed Baez's shot in the sixth with his 12th home run. It was the fourth time this season Chicago has hit back-to-back homers.

"The first one was off a slider that just spun. The second one came on a sinker," Flande said of the homers. "The pitch didn't sink. Two mistakes."

Baez hit a two-run shot off Juan Nicasio into the Colorado bullpen in right in the eighth.

Hendricks (3-1) allowed two runs and six hits. The right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning in four of his five career starts.

"We couldn't get the clutch hit. We couldn't get the big inning," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We had a couple of opportunities. Just couldn't get it done."

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