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Cubs, Rockies Split Wednesday Doubleheader

Patrick Wisdom cracked a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.


Wisdom launched a 1-1 slider from Austin Gomber over the left-field bleachers and onto Waveland Avenue for his 21st home run. He entered the year with four homers in 48 games over three seasons with the Cardinals, Rangers and Cubs.


David Bote and Austin Romine also homered for Chicago, which won its second straight at Wrigley Field after a team-record 13-game home losing streak.


Overall, Chicago is 4-3 following a 12-game skid.


C.J. Cron hit his team-leading 22nd homer for the Rockies, who have lost three straight following a five-game winning streak.


Davies allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings. The wiry right-hander went 0-4 with an 8.25 ERA in his previous five starts.


Codi Heuer (5-2) got the next four outs for his first win as a Cub. Adam Morgan pitched a perfect seventh for his first save and second of his career.


Gomber (9-8) allowed five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. The lefty struck out eight and walked one.


Ryan McMahon lofted a two-run homer in the 10th inning, Brendan Rodgers followed with a two-run double that gave him five RBIs for the game and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Wednesday night and split a doubleheader that featured almost as many innings as a pre-pandemic twinbill.


The Cubs won the opener 5-2 in a tidy 2 hours, 9 minutes, thanks to Patrick Wisdom's tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning.


The nightcap lasted exactly twice as long - 4:18 - as the teams combined to play 17 innings. Major League Baseball shortened doubleheader games to seven innings last year to help teams get through COVID-19-related postponements and kept the rule in place this season.


Connor Joe hit his first career grand slam in the fourth inning to put Colorado ahead 6-5. The Rockies led 8-5 after six innings before the Cubs rallied.


Ian Happ's three-run homer off closer Daniel Bard in the seventh tied the second game at 8. Bard blew his eighth save in 28 chances.


Pinch-hitter Dom Nunez singled in automatic runner Garrett Hampson in the eighth, giving Colorado a 9-8 lead.


But shortstop Trevor Story threw Matt Duffy's grounder over first base with two outs in the eighth, allowing Wisdom to score and tie it at 9. Neither team could push across the automatic runner in the ninth before Colorado exploded in the 10th.


Rockies Starter German Marquez allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings. The All-Star righty has a 10.13 ERA over 13 1/3 innings in his last three starts.


Cubs starter Justin Steele yielded four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings in his third start since being recalled from the minors on Aug. 10.


Keegan Thompson (3-3, 2.42) takes the mound when the Cubs travel across town to start a three-game series with the White Sox on Friday.

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