DENVER Casey Coleman handled both the altitude and his bat well in his first start at Coors Field.
Coleman scattered four hits while working into the sixth inning and singled in the go-ahead run in the Chicago Cubs 8-3 win at Colorado on Saturday night that snapped the Rockies seven-game winning streak.
Starlin Castro led Chicagos 17-hit outburst by going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, and Alfonso Soriano also went deep for the Cubs, who ended a six-game skid at Coors Field that dated to Aug. 9, 2009.
The Cubs broke a 1-all tie in the fifth after Coleman slapped a one-out single to center off Jason Hammel and went to third on Castros double down the left-field line. Coleman scored on Darwin Barneys slow roller to first baseman Jason Giambi.
He threw me a really good curveball in my first at-bat, and then he threw one that I dont think was as good as the first one, Coleman said.
Hammel said that one hanging curve bothered him the most.
I hate giving up hits to pitchers, he said. But you know, from what we had done scouting-wise, I guess hes a pretty decent hitter. But a hanging curveball? I was trying to punch him out, and he sat back on it and hit it real well. So, kudos to him.
Despite walking three and hitting two batters with pitches, Coleman (1-0) kept the Rockies off balance while giving up just one run, which came in the second when Troy Tulowitzki tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 1.
I can see how its tough pitching at Coors Field, Coleman said after his 10th major league start. You get the rubbed-up balls, you throw one pitch, and theyre slick again. You have to make adjustments, but its good to make it out of here alive.
If banged up.
Coleman took a line drive off his right foot in the sixth and came out of the game, although the Cubs said he was fine. He had the foot wrapped in ice and an Ace bandage afterward.
Theyre just doing it for precaution to keep the swelling down if there is anything, Coleman said. I could have stayed in the game. It was just the right matchup with (Todd) Helton pinch-hitting.
The Rockies, who were missing Carlos Gonzalez (soreness) and Helton (rest) from their starting lineup, hadnt been blown out all year, losing just twice in their first 13 games, both in extra innings.
Hammel (1-1) became the first Rockies starter to lose all season, allowing three runs and seven hits over six innings.
So efficient while jumping out to a baseball-best 11-2 start, the Rockies watered-down lineup was 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-9 against Coleman. Colorado left 13 men on base.
Thats not a very good formula for success, manager Jim Tracy said. But we kept playing. We were a hitter away in the bottom of the eighth inning from really making it interesting, even at 8-3.
Soriano made it 3-1 in the sixth with his fifth homer.
The Cubs put it away with a five-run seventh, with all the runs coming off righty Felipe Paulino.