Cubs 5, Rockies 11

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The Cubs may want to take their entire four-game series with the Rockies under review. They limp out of town having lost three games in the standings to St. Louis -- after starting the series percentage points ahead of them in a tie for first -- and facing injuries to Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez. Just about the only break that's fallen their way was their first replay review that saved them the ignominy of a grand slam that would have been the epitome of adding insult to injury.

Ultimately, the Cubs fell, 11-5, to the Rockies on Monday, losing the four-game series three games to one, and falling another game behind the pace in both the National League Central and the NL Wild Card races. The Rockies entered the game tied with the Giants for the Wild Card lead, with San Francisco's game still underway.

More importantly, the Cubs saw another player fall, as starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny suffered a right foot contusion while fielding a hard grounder that bounced off his foot with runners on first and third in the second inning. Gorzelanny left the game after falling while trying to throw home and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. It wasn't immediately known if the injury came from the ball or the fall.

Gorzelanny was touched for six runs, all earned, in his 1 1/3 innings on the hill. Much of the day's damage came from Troy Tulowitzki, who launched a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning to give the Rockies the early lead and proceeded to hit for the cycle, driving in seven of the Rockies' 11 runs. Gorzelanny also yielded a one-out homer to Clint Barmes, followed by three more consecutive hits, including the infield single off his foot that drove him from the game.

Esmailin Caridad took the mound in the second, making his Major League debut and eating up 5 1/3 innings, showing poise and grit while saving the bullpen for the critical series with Philadelphia that starts Tuesday at Wrigley Field. He allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out four while walking one and hitting one. He was also on the mound for the Cubs' first replay review, when Tulowitzki's bases-loaded foul ball in the second inning was reviewed to determine if it was a home run. The original call stood, and Tulowitzki responded with a two-run single.

The Cubs' lone run until the ninth inning came on a solo shot from Geovany Soto to lead off the sixth. The dinger snapped an 0-for-8 stretch for Soto since returning from the disabled list.

The Cubs added four runs in the ninth off Rockies reliever Huston Street.


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